Tuesday, March 20, 2012

No Bagel for You!

Forbidden food: gefilte fish and pastries
NYC Mayor Nanny Bloomberg has banned donated food to city homeless shelters because the food may violate Bloomberg's diktats on "serving sizes as well as salt, fat and calorie contents, plus fiber minimums and condiment recommendations."
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.
The experience of food-delivery volunteers, Glenn and Lenore Richter, for the Upper West Side Orthodox congregation, Ohab Zedek, tells a different story. The Richters say,
"the beneficiaries — many of them senior citizens recovering from drug and alcohol abuse — have always been appreciative of the treats he and other OZ members bring.

It’s not just that the donations offer an enjoyable addition to the “official” low-salt fare; knowing that the food comes from volunteers and community members warms their hearts, not just their stomachs."
Oh, who cares what the hungry homeless have to say. They're homeless. What do they know? If they knew anything, they wouldn't be homeless, now would they?

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