Bloomberg Bans Food Donations to Homeless Shelters

March 20, 2012 at 4:33 PM Leave a comment

As someone who volunteers at a food bank, this makes fire come out of my ears:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s food police have struck again!

Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Glenn Richter arrived at a West Side synagogue on Monday to collect surplus bagels — fresh nutritious bagels — to donate to the poor. However, under a new edict from Bloomberg’s food police he can no longer donate the food to city homeless shelters.

It’s the “no bagels for you” edict.

“I can’t give you something that’s a supplement to the food you already have? Sorry that’s wrong,” Richter said.

Richter has been collecting food from places like the Ohav Zedek synagogue and bringing it to homeless shelters for more than 20 years, but recently his donation, including a “cholent” or carrot stew, was turned away because the Bloomberg administration wants to monitor the salt, fat and fiber eaten by the homeless.

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Billionaire Bloomberg, this is insane.  Food banks and homeless shelters are really hurting.  The crappy economy has caused people to cut back, or stop, donations of all kinds, i.e.  food, money, toiletries, while the number of people using homeless shelters and food banks has ballooned.  If my memory serves, visits to the food bank where I volunteer have increased 75% over the last two years.

You’re a very nice man (I say through clenched teeth) to worry about people’s salt, fat and fiber intake but this isn’t the way to deal with that.  For God’s sake man, reverse this decision.  People could literally starve to death.

 

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