A pastor in Alabama was stopped from handing out food to the homeless because he did not have a $500 permit, ThinkProgress reports.
Rick Wood, a pastor at The Lord's House of Prayer has delivered hundreds of hot dogs and bottles of water to homeless people in Birmingham for the last several years. But last month he was blocked from keeping that tradition because of a new city law that is designed to regulate food trucks.
That makes me so mad. These people are hungry. They're starving. They need help from people. They can't afford to buy something from a food truck.
Here's a local news report interviewing the pastor:
Feeding the Homeless is Getting Harder in Other Cities Too
Restrictions on handing out food to the homeless are not unique to Birmingham It's part of a national trend. Columbia, South Carlolina started requiring a group that gives away food to the homeless to obtain and pay for a permit to use a city park.
You need a permit to feed the homeless in Philadelphia. Also, Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have adopted anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, USA Today reports.
In Birmingham, Wood vows to keep feeding the homeless.
"I'm just so totally shocked that the city is turning their back on the homeless like this," Wood told ABC 33/40.