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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:37 PM

Food Police? Mayor Bloomberg Bans Food Donations to Homeless Shelters

Apparently going without is more nutritious than having food that is not nutritionally perfect. At least in Michael Bloomberg's eyes it is. I will admit I will savor chips, cocktail weenies and sugary punches when I wandered the streets as I lacked cooking facilities to make proper food. I also dumpster dived to supplement my intake as I found those food choices lacking for the carbo and protein burning rigors of sleeping outdoors and carrying everything I owned on my back. Homeless and hungry tip-Trader Joe's has awesome noms from the dumpster.

The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless.

In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans...

...They’ve brought freshly cooked, nutrient-rich surplus foods from synagogue events to homeless facilities in the neighborhood. (Disclosure: I know the food is so tasty because I’ve eaten it — I’m an OZ member.) The practice of donating such surplus food to homeless shelters is common among houses of worship in the city.

I wonder how many Jewish Grandmothers will wake up today to find out what they have fed their families for generations is too unhealthy to feed starving people?

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http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/864964/food_police_mayor_bloomberg_bans_food_donations_to_homeless_shelters/

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niyad Mar 2012 #1
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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:15 PM

1. wow--I had no idea that all the serious problems in NYC had been solved, so that officials can

spend their time checking the salt and fat content of food intended for the homeless.

just--WOW

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:16 PM

2. Because it's better that they have no food at all than accidentally exceed

the recommended daily sodium intake. Thanks Mike.

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