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Kansas City Government Pours Bleach on Food for the Homeless



(p. A17) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- They unfurled colorful blankets on a grassy slope, and unloaded steaming trays of corn dogs, baked beans and vegetable beef soup. Every week for the past three years, the volunteers have gone to a park just outside downtown Kansas City with home-cooked meals for the homeless. They call it a picnic with friends.

But on a cloudy afternoon earlier this month, an inspector from the Kansas City Health Department showed up and called it something else: an illegal food establishment.

She ordered most of the food put into black garbage bags, bundled them on the grass and, in a move that stunned the gathered group, doused the pile with bleach.

Allen Andrews, who has been living on the streets for the past year, said he watched silently as the bleach was poured, thinking back to when he had a home. He remembered how he had sometimes poured bleach on trash he put out for collection, to deter rodents from getting into it.

"They treat us like animals," Mr. Andrews, 46, said.



For the full story, see:

John Eligon. "'Where Feeding the Needy Requires Both a Heart and a Permit." The New York Times (Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018): A17.

(Note: the online version of the story has the date Nov. 21, 2018, and has the title "You Want to Feed the Hungry? Lovely. Let's See Your Permit." The online version says that the article appeared on p. A13 of the New York edition. It appeared on p. A17 of the National edition that I subscribe to.)






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