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No More Free Donated Food in Parks, Says Philadelphia’s Mayor

Written by Gary North on June 4, 2012

The mayor of Philadelphia has announced a ban on feeding poor people. Private agencies must cease and desist.

Feeding poor people undermines their dignity, the mayor says. The mayor’s name is appropriate: Nutter.

These are outdoor feedings. They are held in parks.

The food may be unsanitary, the mayor warns.

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.”

It was a dark and story night. Charitable deeds were being conducted in daylight, but we all know that charity is the result of hidden agendas — dark agendas. These agendas are going to be nipped in the bud.

Sister Mary Scullion, an advocate for the poor (it says here) has applauded the mayor’s stand. “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.”

You may ask: “An opportunity for what?” Perhaps an opportunity to recover lost dignity. There is nothing like a growling stomach to strengthen a person’s dignity.

The mayor wants to see indoor feedings. No more of park-like atmosphere. Groups can offer indoor food. There, dignity is maintained.

As for park feedings, there will be a $150 fine, referred to as “nominal.”

The mayor says that families can eat in the parks.

As for the rumor that local residents don’t want to go to a park where poor people are lined up for free food, nothing could be further from the truth. I mean, the whole idea is preposterous. That would point to political groveling by the mayor to selfish special interests. No, no, no. Don’t even think it.

This is all about dignity. And registration. And sanitation.

Above all, it is about government control.

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10 thoughts on “No More Free Donated Food in Parks, Says Philadelphia’s Mayor

  1. It's all about control. Bureaucrats and politicians don't care if the country goes to hell, as long as are in control, and keep their cushy pensions. That's what Milton wrote of Satan: that the latter would rather rule in Hell than serve in Heaven.

  2. Lee Anne says:

    Yeah, my daughter went to college in Philly, near China town. I saw all those DIGNIFIED, homeless people living in cardboard boxes or on blankets on the sidewalks. I can see where we would not want to degrade them by actually FEEDING them food, giving it directly to them, talking to them. It is better that some nameless bureaucrat gives them foodstamp cards so they can walk the 10 or more blocks to a grocery store and likely have their few possessions stolen while they are gone.
    Let us DIGNIFY the homeless (many of whom are mentally ill) by looking them in the face, talking to them as person to person and giving them food prepared by our own loving hands. Mayor Nutter is dead wrong on this issue.

  3. Typical; rather use taxpayers' money for the dole than let people volunteer to help feed the hungry.

  4. I agree wholeheartedly, Lee Anne.

  5. Bill McCroskey says:

    Making sure the poor continue to be hooked on the nanny state (never the private sector) to provide not just a meal but everything else they might need.

  6. Prince of Peeps says:

    Feeding the poor undermines their dignity, but being on welfare doesn't.

  7. exbuckeye says:

    So "Feeding poor people undermines their dignity" according to the mayor.

    But its OK for the feds to pour billions of our tax dollars out to "the poor" and that DOESNT destroy their dignity??

    What the difference between the poor in the parks and the welfare pukes??
    Probably the poor in the parks are REALLY needy while most welfare recipients are simply lazy!!!

  8. Deepizzaguy says:

    Cold hearted snake Nutter

  9. darlenebetterton says:


  10. Amen, well said.