Food Rights

groceryIconSmallThis page will have information on what is being done to oppose laws that restrict the right to distribute food to the hungry. Some of this was covered in the 2010 publication, A Place at the Table: Prohibitions on Sharing Food with People Experiencing Homelessness. Three years after the 2007 publication of Feeding Intolerance: Prohibitions on Sharing Food with People Experiencing Homelessness, cities still choose to implement measures that criminalize homelessness and, at times, penalize those who serve homeless persons. These
measures, such as anti-camping laws, often target activities homeless people are forced to do in public spaces because of their lack of a home or shelter.

This report specifically focuses on ordinances, policies, and tactics that discourage or prohibit individuals and groups from sharing food with homeless persons. Uncomfortable with visible homelessness in their communities and influenced by myths about homeless people’s food access, cities use food sharing restrictions to move homeless people out of sight, an action that often exacerbates the challenges people experiencing homelessness face each day just to survive.

The report also highlights constructive alternatives to food sharing restrictions, in the form of innovative programs that both adults and youth are implementing to share food with people experiencing homelessness in their communities.

Here we are six years later and cities continue to think they can make homelessness and poverty go away by criminalizing it. This website is part of an effort to show that we can do better than that. We can BE better than that. We can follow the mandate in every religion to care for those less fortunate than us.

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