Skip to comments.Mission told not to feed the homeless in Seattle city parks
Posted on 01/19/2013 1:48:32 PM PST by Morgana
The Bread of Life Mission, which has served the homeless community in Pioneer Square for more than 70 years, said the city has directed them to stop feeding the hungry in downtown parks.
On the third Saturday of every month for the past three years, volunteers for the mission have handed out meals at places such as City Hall Park. The offering was in addition to the three meals a day they serve inside their building at 97 South Main Street.
"It was a service we were offering free of charge to be a blessing to the homeless," said Executive Director Willie Parish, Jr. "All we were doing was just a continuation of what we do on a daily basis."
In December, however, Parish said Seattle police told them they were no longer allowed to serve food at the park.
City officials say the restriction is nothing new, and that Bread of Life simply operated in the park for three years without being caught or reported.
David Takami with the Seattle Human Services Department said the city does not allow groups of people to feed the homeless outdoors without approval.
"This has happened in the past where there are a lot of meals served in a short period of time on the same day," he said. "It's a little chaotic and it can also lead to wasted food."
(Excerpt) Read more at mynorthwest.com ...
David Takami needs a righteous ass-kicking.
Actually the bums need a job...like picking up trash, working on the town farm, sweeping the sidewalks...then feed them.
Good move, Feeding them will only teach them to associate people with food. A fed bear is a dead bear.
And attracting them to parks with free feeds causes their population to explode, making the parks unusable for regular people.
What? Independent of if it’s a good idea or not, to feed homeless bums, Government cannot tell people not to feed others.
When Churches do things that diminish a CRISIS, even a small one, then that diminishes the perception of the need for GOVERNMENT to solve the problem.
Lots of hungry people = high social spending.
The gov’t is attacking it’s COMPETITION.
Other than that, they have no use for them, and anybody they have no use for is targeted for destruction.
Mikey Bloom-Turd in NYC did it, last year, since the city couldn’t regulate the salt/fat/fiber/sugar content of the donations:
Kinda doubt that.
Aha! So *that* is what the city was after. I knew there had to be some element of establishing control involved.
I do admit I have very mixed feelings about the project the Mission has been undertaking. In my town, people are encouraged not to give money to homeless folks because it only enables them to continue their lifestyle instead of seeking help to get off the street. At the same time, it is a charitable act to feed others in need (whatever the reason), and I certainly don't think it's any of the city's damned business as to what kind of meal the Mission provides.
I would also not be surprised if the city was in line for some Federal money to start their own gig and didn't want the Mission competing with state services.
Either way, Mr. Takami is a butt-face.
Been to Seattle once on a business trip. My impression/remembrance of the place consists of sh!tty weather and homeless men using the Convention Center as their personal bathroom.
Someone from the government lecturing us about waste?
True charity interfere’s with leftist government vote buying efforts.
Why do you think Obami the Comi is capping your tax deductible charitable contributions?
“...not to give money to homeless folks...At the same time, it is a charitable act to feed others...”
That is why we give to the Seattle Union Gospel Mission and some other similar groups that can offer both a warm meal and some help with addictions, education, and of course the Gospel. I’ll add this Mission to the list. And it isn’t like the Mission is attracting the homeless to Pioneer Square - that is where they are anyway.
I was stationed in Tacoma for 15 months. I’d say that 350 of those days were hazy and with rain or drizzle. The positive is that the grass stayed green all year round. And other than a sprinkling of snow....it just didn’t ever snow much in the region.
Why does this person think the government can regulate and control what others eat? What law or statute (which I think would be unconstitutional) is there that says that?
Although, I’m not sure feeding them in the park is a good idea.......
Change the feeding place to in front of the mayor’s house, or city hall.
Make a big deal of the city denying food to hungry and homeless people.
Make sure it gets on the news, Youtube, goes viral.
Put the POS Fascists on the spot.
Thank you for the information and the local insight, FRiend!
...the city does not allow groups of people to feed the homeless outdoors without approval.
SHEEP VS GOATS
31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
37 Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?
40 The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
41 Then he will say to those on his left, Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.
44 They also will answer, Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?
45 He will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.
46 Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.
This excerpt from the interwebs might help (and some history!):
Pioneer Square is Seattles oldest neighborhood... The classic red brick buildings give a warmth to the area not found in most sprawling US suburbias. The term skid row originated in Pioneer Square when timber would be slid down Yesler to a steam powered mill on the Seattle waterfront.
Pioneer Square is a ninety acre historic district, devoted to art, history, culture and entertainment....
One word of caution, Pioneer Square is near the city and county courthouses as well as the county jail. Almost every time you walk through the area, you see something or somebody that seems a little off. The area is also popular with the homeless.
Its not a threatening environment, but is definitely one where you are better off staying aware of your surroundings. After dark in particular you should think twice about leaving the 1st Avenue corridor. The folks in the bars are pretty harmless. The same may not always be true up around the bus stops on 2nd and 3rd Avenues....
I always hear that charities should step in so the taxpayers aren’t burdened. I guess not.
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