Philadelphia decides to stop outdoor feeding of homeless‬ (Shocking Video)

March 15, 2012

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City To Ban Street-Corner Feedings of Homeless
March 14, 2012 6:30 PM

By Mike Dunn and Walt Hunter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has announced a ban on the feeding of large numbers of homeless and hungry people at sites on and near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Mayor Nutter is imposing the ban on all outdoor feedings of large numbers of people on city parkland, including Love Park and the Ben Franklin Parkway, where it is not uncommon for outreach groups to offer free food.
Nutter says the feedings lack both sanitary conditions and dignity.
“Providing to those who are hungry must not be about opening the car trunk, handing out a bunch of sandwiches, and then driving off into the dark and rainy night,” Nutter said.
The city’s leading homeless advocate, Project Home’s Sister Mary Scullion, voiced tentative support for the mayor’s announcement. She said the mayor is “between a rock and a hard place” on the issue of outdoor feedings.
“I really want to thank the mayor for this courageous … this is not an easy position. But I do think it’s a great opportunity,” Scullion said.
Among the groups unhappy with the mayor’s announcement is Brian Jenkins of Chosen 300 Ministries, a homeless outreach group that does both indoor and outdoor feedings.
“The fact that city of Philadelphia is saying now that the homeless don’t have the right to eat on the Ben Franklin Parkway or eat around Center City is a clear violation of civil rights,” Jenkins explained. “It says that people that have … can eat in a certain place. But people that have not, can’t.”
Nutter’s aides will work with the homeless groups to encourage more indoor feedings.
In the meantime, the groups will be allowed to offer food on the north apron of City Hall, provided they register with the city.
The ban on parkland feedings takes effect in 30 days. Groups that violate the outdoor feeding ban would face two warnings and then a nominal $150 fine.
Nutter says large family gatherings in the park are not affected by the ban.

4 Responses to Philadelphia decides to stop outdoor feeding of homeless‬ (Shocking Video)

  1. Aja Beech on March 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Dear Food Not Bombs. I am not particularly fond of this law but that being said, please stop your inflamatory dialogue against the Philadelphia outdoor feeding regulations. This dialogue you have constructed is prohibitive to any real resolution to this issue. Please see Mayor Nutter’s press release here:
    I would like to mention that before this prohibitive dialogue there was NO PENALTY to violating the outdoor feeding laws that were being proposed in Philadelphia and the Mayor’s current action was a direct response to the outrageous accusations being made. I understand that you may not agree with this but this is a community issue that needs to be handled rationally.

    • patches on March 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Dear Aja,
      You seem to have us confused with a group that has some kind of centralized organization capable of issuing “inflammatory dialogue” on behalf of the whole cause. Regardless, I don’t know what you’re referring to as “inflammatory dialogue” to even be able to respond to your request?

      Furthermore, if you are mad that the state that is now creating a penalty for these violations, then I recommend you blame those responsible for creating this enforcement, not those who resist them.

      • Aja Beech on April 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

        The dialogue perpetuated by Food Not Bombs (‘shocking video!’) and accusations that the Philadelphia Mayor is currently attempting to starve the homeless out of the city is the ‘inflamatory dialogue’ I’m speaking of. The dialogue that helped create the current ban on outdoor feeding. (Something the Mayor refers to in his announcement of the law) I understand your desire is to help, but your choice of accusations and style of ‘resistance’ is hurting the people you seek to help.

  2. phatpooch on March 23, 2012 at 1:04 am

    The majority of the people involved with helping this cause had a history of substance abuse and a high percentage of those people came from the Downtown East side

    The Servants of Hope is a non profit charity that has been helping the people of Vancouver’s downtown east side for the past 6 years. Alongside hot meals and warm coats they serve up a sense of hope and a chance at a new life. Below is a video link from Christmas 2012 over one hundred people came together to feed the homeless and do outreach we served over one thousand people that night