"Feeding The Homeless" Is A Crime In Increasingly More US Cities

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

Have you ever given food to a homeless person?  Well, if you do it again in the future it might be a criminal act depending on where you live.  Right now, there are dozens of major U.S. cities that have already passed laws against feeding the homeless.  As you will read about below, in some areas of the country you can actually be fined hundreds of dollars for just trying to give food to a hungry person.  I know that sounds absolutely insane, but this is what America is turning into.  Communities all over the country are attempting to "clean up the streets" by making it virtually illegal to either be homeless or to help those that are homeless.  Instead of spending more money on programs to assist the homeless, local governments are bulldozing tent cities and giving homeless people one way bus tickets out of town.  We are treating some of the most vulnerable members of our society like human garbage, and it is a national disgrace.

What does it say about our country when we can't even give a warm sandwich to a desperately hungry person that is sleeping on the streets?  A retired couple down in Florida named Debbie and Chico Jimenez wanted to do something positive for their community during their retirement years, so they started feeding the homeless in Daytona Beach.  But recently the police decided to crack down on their feeding program and slapped everyone involved with a $373 fine...

For the past year, the Jimenezes have set up shop every Wednesday on Manatee Island in Daytona Beach, Fla., where they feed hot dogs, chicken, pasta salad and other BBQ staples to about 100 homeless people, WFTV reported. Handing out meals is just one aspect of the ministry the two founded, Spreading the Word Without Saying a Word, to help people living in poverty.


But on Wednesday, the Jimenezes said that without warning, they and four other volunteers were accosted by police, fined and told that they could be thrown in jail if they continue their program, according to NBC News.


Each of the six was fined $373 and were given 10 days to either pay up or go to court.


"We’re going to court," Debbie Jimenez, 52, a former auto parts store manager, told NBC News. "The police don’t like it. But how can we turn our backs on the hungry? We can’t."

Don't the police down in Daytona Beach have something better to do with their time?

Sadly, more than 50 major cities have passed laws against feeding the homeless at this point.  It appears that "cleaning up the streets" has become a big point of emphasis all over the nation.

And what the city of Camden, New Jersey just did is even worse than what happened in Daytona Beach.

Camden just bulldozed an entire tent city and dumped all of the belongings of the homeless people living there into the trash...

Hazmat teams showed up at the camps in the early morning to search for syringes. A drug-sniffing dog followed a police officer around the area. And bulldozers tossed trash and discarded belongings into dumpsters before razing the premises.


Over the past few weeks, flyers had warned people in the tent cities that this was going to happen. Yet it still seemed surreal to many of them that their communities were about to be demolished for good.

But for most of the people that were living in that tent city, there is no place else for them to go.  The homeless shelters in the area are at max capacity, and so many of them will end up sleeping in the streets without any shelter at all...

Aaron Howe, the "mayor" of a tent city that had 12 tents the night before eviction day, said he had called every shelter in town and not a single place had room for him and his girlfriend.

"There's no available spots, and the city is saying if we pitch a tent somewhere else they're gonna rip it down," he said. "It's not gonna look good when there's a bunch of homeless on the streets."

Camden has got to be one of the most mismanaged communities in the entire country.  Why is Camden spending time and money bulldozing homeless communities when it has so many other problems?  For much more on the nightmare that Camden has become, please see my previous article entitled "Camden, New Jersey: One Of Hundreds Of U.S. Cities That Are Turning Into Rotting, Decaying Hellholes".

Other big cities that are a little bit more "progressive" are attempting to get rid of their homeless populations by giving them one way tickets out of town.  Some of the major cities that are doing this include San Diego and San Francisco...

When her Greyhound bus pulled into town 6 months ago, Maria Castillo got off with two bags and dream.


"Start over, start a new life," said the 42-year-old.


Castillo had been homeless in San Diego when a social worker offered her a one-way bus ticket to Portland.


"They said come here because all the opportunities in Portland, Oregon," she said.


But Castillo said life isn't much better in her new town. She's still homeless. A Unit 8 investigation found several cities from San Diego to San Francisco are providing one-way bus tickets to the homeless.

As shocking as everything that you just read is, what one lawmaker out in Hawaii is doing tops it all.  In a previous article, I described how a state representative named Tom Brower has actually been using a sledgehammer to destroy shopping carts used by homeless people.  Just check out the following short excerpt from an RT article that was published a few months ago...

In the past two weeks residents in Hawaii noticed what appeared to be a crazed individual carrying a sledgehammer through the streets of Honolulu, a state lawmaker looking to rid the city of homeless people by targeting their belongings.


State Representative Tom Brower (D) is currently dedicated to dealing out his own personal brand of “justice” by seeking out homeless people and destroying their possessions. Brower estimates that he has used the sledgehammer to smash at least 30 shopping carts, rendering them useless by bashing in the front wheels.


I got tired of telling people I’m trying to pass laws. I want to do something practical that will really clean up the streets,” he told Hawaii News Now. “I find abandoned junk, specifically shopping carts, and I remove them.”

Is this how our society is going to treat those that are down on their luck from now on?

Where is the love?

Where is the compassion?

Why can't we seem to be able to take care of these people?

The federal government sure seems to have plenty of money to waste on other things.  For example, it is being reported that workers at an Obamacare processing facility in Missouri are being paid to do nothing but stare at their computers...

Employees at an ObamaCare processing center in Missouri with a contract worth $1.2 billion are reportedly getting paid to do nothing but sit at their computers.


"Their goals are set to process two applications per month and some people are not even able to do that," a whistleblower told KMOV-TV, referring to employees hired to process paper applications for ObamaCare enrollees.


The facility in Wentzville is operated by Serco, a company owned by a British firm that was awarded $1.2 billion in part to hire 1,500 workers to handle paper applications for coverage under the law, according to The Washington Post.


The whistleblower employee told the station that weeks can pass without data entry workers receiving even a single application to process. Employees reportedly spend their days staring at their computers, according to a KMOX-TV report.

So we have millions upon millions of dollars to waste on that, but we can't take care of our homeless population?

And without a doubt, the need to help the homeless is greater than it ever has been before.  Right now, there are 1.2 million public school students in America that are homeless.  That number is an all-time record, and it has grown by 72 percent since the start of the last recession.

In addition, there are 49 million Americans that are dealing with food insecurity.  Even in the midst of this so-called "economic recovery", poverty is absolutely exploding.

And it is going to get a whole lot worse.

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TeamDepends's picture

Can we house the foodless, is that Okay?

localsavage's picture

One of the chosen ones will jump in with a government subsidized progam to take care of feeding the homeless.  For a not so small fee of course.

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

Aww fuck it! Can we just go ahead and make everything a crimminal act already?!


*Unless you are a banker or politician of course*

Antarctico's picture

Aww fuck it! Can we just go ahead and make everything a crimminal act already?!

I think there is a good chance this job is already done.

Mistress Raindrop's picture

My retirement plan is to become homeless on Miami Beach.  I also plan to watch the Dolphin games in the local Walmart.  Please throw me a sandwich.  How's that for success, bitches?

0b1knob's picture

"Is a crime in increasingly more US cities"

Increasingly more?   

Chandos's picture

"Is a crime in increasingly more US cities"

Increasingly more? 


Yes...and the corollary is that there will be decreasingly less freedom...;)

GetZeeGold's picture



Better pull him over.....he looks like a Good Samaritan.

markmotive's picture

What's going to happen to the bottom-rung when the real SHTF? Today, feeding them is at least an option. Tomorrow?

With the slow dismantling of America's middle class, this is an issue we should all be concerned with.


amusedobserver's picture

Um, isn't there a law that says you can give up to $20,000 per year to as many people as you want to, tax free?

If an in-kind gift is a problem, then just hand each homeless person in the food line $5 and then collect it from them when you hand them the food.

stacking12321's picture

haha, good luck with that.

once you hand them the $5, they are running the other way to score some crack.

speaking of crack, nancy and ronald reagan have a very important message for you:


(3:52 long clip...hilariousness ensues after about 30 sec)


heavy.metal's picture

It's okay as long as you use counterfeit Fed paper. How dare give them something of intrinsic value, not controlled by the paper pushers?


EscapingProgress's picture

Without the government, who will kill the poor?

Xibalba's picture

Guess you've never been to NYC

The Big Ching-aso's picture

Hey man, feeding the homeless with my wife's cooking is a crime. It's like called intentionally poisoning someone, man.

mkkby's picture

An eye for an eye.  I hope these people who had their possessions taken or destroyed go straight to the mayor's house and loot it.

wisefool's picture

I can assure you. every man woman and child is in some state of violation of the U.S. tax code.

*Unless you are a IRS agent of course, who are given millions of dollars of performance bonuses for that*

Dr. Everett V. Scott's picture

That's only party it.  The basic reason is that the government Organism must squash any competition.  Only it may provide.  That way, it grows inexorably.

From the article:

...bulldozers tossed trash and discarded belongings into dumpsters before razing the premises.


I wonder what the average lib would say if his belongings were 'discarded'?


The Organism must grow.  Any that stand in Its way will be steamrollered.


New World Chaos's picture

The Organism also wants waste.  Waste keeps people on the treadmill, and the treadmill keeps people from thinking.  Waste leads to scarcity which leads to more centralized distribution of resources.  Waste leads to envy which leads to socialism and elitism and more waste.  Waste feeds the companies which produce it.  Waste is bullish.  Just ask Paul Krugman. 

Check this out.  SunTrust Bank in Atlanta foreclosed on an independent grocery store with three days' notice.  Management wanted to give the food away (why not sell at a penny per item?) but the BANK decided that all the food had to go in the dumpster.  So there was this giant dumpster to be filled with perfectly good food, in a black neighborhood, the crowd started to grow... and there were these fucking cops, most of them also black, holding back the crowd explicitly because they had to protect and serve the will of the BANK.  Just look at these pigs with their suits and hats, all full of themselves, as they betray their neighbors for clownbux and ego boosts.  They are traitors to their race- the human race!  


Why is it that the cops will always treat the law like it's something sacred if it tells them to abuse the weak and innocent, but when a law says to protect the weak and innocent, then it's "just a goddamned piece of paper"?  If I hadn't taken high school civics I would say that the law is just a psyops to stop the sheeple from rebelling while letting sociopaths pretend to be heroes.

cossack55's picture

Come on ZH'ers.  SERCO gets $1.2 billion for hiring zombies to stare at porn all day?

Google SERCO.

One of the top 10 most evil corps in the world.  The Brit/Aussie version of JPM, GS, Monsanto and Blackwater(?)(stone)(lake)(ridge) or whatever their new fuckin' name is.

tonyw's picture

the big corps make huge donations to the politiciabns so they can write the laws that suit them and reduce competition.

it's the most efficient use/ROI of the money, spend thousands to make millions.

Sean7k's picture

So, you too, have discovered the nature of "law". Eliminate law and you eliminate the problem. The criminals lose the protection they require.

CPL's picture

Doesn't take much to be a rebel in the world today; all you need to do is question the news, plant a vegetable garden and feed someone that's hungry.


Game on.

heavy.metal's picture

Growing your own food should be illegal. You're supposed to either sell it for USD, or buy food with USD!

If you skip the paper chain, how are the violent sociopaths that run our society going to plunder you?


TeamDepends's picture

Is TeamDepends endorsing Welfare and/or freeloaderism?  No, friend.  Just saying that if a citizen wants to help another citizen out with a sammich OR a temporary roof, the matter is between the two citizens and the State/LEOs should butt out.  What's that occifer, you think you smell marijuana?  Well, with all due respect, you smell like Axe, bitch!  (sounds of rumbling, chaos)

New Ordnance's picture

This is a conundrum. Do we turn our backs? Where does our duty lie?

In the East, great merit is accumulated by feeding people.

In the West we have charity.


From Merriam Webster:




: the act of giving money, food, or other kinds of help to people who are poor, sick, etc.; also : something (such as money or food) that is given to people who are poor, sick, etc.

:  benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity

:  generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also :  aid given to those in need

: an organization that helps people who are poor, sick, etc.

: the organizations that help people in need

:  an institution engaged in relief of the poor

:  public provision for the relief of the needy

:  a gift for public benevolent purposes

:  an institution (as a hospital) founded by such a gift

:  lenient judgment of others


Origin of CHARITY

Middle English charite, from Anglo-French charité, from Late Latin caritat-, caritas Christian love, from Latin, dearness, from carus dear; akin to Old Irish carae friend, Sanskrit k?ma love

First Known Use: 13th century


Related to CHARITY


almsgiving, dole, philanthropy


coldheartedness, hard-heartedness, inhumanity, inhumanness, mercilessness, pitilessness

Related Words:

altruism, do-gooding, do-goodism, humanism, humanitarianism; beneficence, benevolence, goodwill; alms, benefaction, contribution, donation; relief, welfare; endowment, fund, grant, subsidy

Near Antonyms:

hard-heartedness, mercilessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness, uncharitableness; reprisal, requital, retaliation, retribution, revenge, vengeance; venom, vindictiveness, virulence, vitriol; atrocity, barbarity, brutality, cruelty, sadism, savageness, savagery, truculence, viciousness, violence, wantonness; castigation, chastisement, discipline, punishment, scolding; abhorrence, abomination, detestation, execration, hate, hatred, loathing; cattiness, malevolence, malice, maliciousness, malignancy, malignity, meanness, nastiness, spite, spitefulness, spleen; animosity, antagonism, antipathy, bitterness, enmity, gall, grudge, hostility, jealousy, pique, resentment; bile, jaundice, rancor; hatefulness, invidiousness; coarseness, hardness, harshness, roughness



If you have walked the streets of Calcutta you may better understand our dilemma in the U.S. and where our duty lies.


My daughter feels strongly about this.  These are her words:


“Charity is an essential part of any healthy community. It should not be the responsibility of big government. I have been a student of economics and socio-political manipulation since I was a toddler, listening to my Dad’s stories of the rural South, Wall Street, and his many travels. I studied economics (among many other subjects) in college as a matter of course. It seems clear to me that Federally funded and organized “charity” is not only doomed to fail, but is itself a weapon that destroys community and undermines one of the basic foundations of humanity.


“Heirloom, open-pollinated, non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds can be a wonderfully beneficial part of that charity. When you can grow more than enough food for yourself and your family, you can share your abundance with those in need in your community, and you can share the seeds.


“A local food bank follows these principles, and it is one of the most successful food banks I have ever seen, and I have quite a bit of experience working with these types of organizations. The local food bank partners with the locally owned Food Co-op and local organic farmers. This local food bank is successful in not only feeding people, but improving their health and improving their situation until they themselves are growing their own organic food and are able to get off the streets.


“One of the tools you can use to combat “food insecurity” in your community: https://RockyMountainCorn.com


“Grow not only for yourself and your family, but grow for your community. Partner with your local church or food pantry and share the abundance of your harvest every fall. Invite charity groups to your farm and teach people to grow their own food.”




Sean7k's picture

What a nice post and it sounds like an exceptional daughter. 

One hint, the Eltes are not christian and they have no similar concept, except for the tribe.

However, this is not a conundrum. Just as these fine people intend to fight the infraction, we have a responsibllity to say no to the government. The State is not correct. The State supposedly serves the needs of The People (stop laughing, just making a point). We are empowered by the Constitution to demand that the rights and duties spelled out in this CONTRACT are fulfilled. 

Anything less means the contract is null and void. As all courts function under the Constitution, the only court that can hear evidence is the court of The People. We ae the only judges whom have the power and responsibiity to act. 


Tarshatha's picture

Charity is one of the greatest expressions of love.


cnmcdee's picture

After 80 years of finanical mismanagement France went through it's revolution, and a radical sect of the Patriots of the day had a solution to all it's unemployed people - the guillotine.. Some books record it went on for a period of roughly 2 1/2 years? After the citizens allowed hundreds of thousands if not millions of it's fellow citizens loose their heads for simply not having a job, they finally came to their senses and put many of the elite who wore patriot masks themselves to be guillotined.

'what ever has been will be, there is no new thing under the sun.'

Finally a Jesuit Priest found the whole thing so repugnant he wrote the volumes 'Memoirs of Jacobinism' I think is the title.. and squarely laid the blame on the then Illuminati.

And here we are 200+ years later about to repeat the same process.

Martial law will be called 'Emergency Police Powers' when it is brought in in 2015 when the false flags are staged.. Not only should we remember the poor by inviting them off the street for a meal, but we must stockpile foor ourselves - famine is coming..

I have friends involved in projects to build 'refuges' made to last 100+ years in remote regions, for elites in Europe that they do not even know who they are building them for. In about 4 years or less these elite (who know China is breaking away from their grip - note the Thorium reactors China admitted they want to build) plan to launch a full scale nulcear exchange and come out the only survivors eliminating everyone else (yes you too COINTELPRO / CIA assets your not getting saved or your families so think twice about who you are working for.)

My research indicates the nuclear exchange will be in 2017. But it could come sooner Sep 13, 2015 is a very important day to watch!! Get ready!

Sean7k's picture

How do you get ready for a nuclear exchange? What would be the point?

The only place your could live is underground. I have no desire to live underground for the rest of my life. I suspect the Elites feel the same way. 

While I can foresee a global gulag. An attempt to diminish populations through war. Episodes of bacterial devastation. Chemical wealpons.

Great battles where humans are decimated, while Elites remain protected in underground bunkers. I fully expect they have a plan that allows them back out on the surface and in control. 

Rather than run and hide, we might consider a different approach: do not participate. Wars require soldiers- cannon fodder, if you please. They require the efforts of an entire population working together towards a common goal. A better solution is to educate people to understand their responsibility is NOT to their country's government, but to their friends, neighbors and families. 

To the degree we interrupt the machinations of the Elites, we can guarantee a future worth living in. We might even consider "turning" on our masters and decimating them, before they can hide in their holes.

If you have information on these holes, give it out! Let The People know exactly what the weapons of the enemy are, so we are better able to combat them.

New Ordnance's picture

Not only the elite have bunkers. A movement in this direction has been taking place in the U.S. since the 1980’s. Ordinary citizens continue to quietly build private shelters and the pace is accelerating.

 The Swiss have planned to survive nuclear war  for half a century. No, you don't have to live underground for half a centuty LOL. It's a matter of days or weeks in shelter.

Every Swiss home, from the mountain to the valley, protects the occupants from blast and radiation and chemical, biological, and radiological agents. We would do well to follow THE SWISS CONNECTION:




The scientists who designed the bombs knew how to defend against them. For those who have an interest in surviving nuclear events, get this book: "Nuclear War Survival Skills" by Cresson Kearny.

The best edition is the 1987 Expanded Edition with Forward by Edward Teller - the one with the bright green cover.





doctor10's picture

government at every level gets uglier when the natural consequences of its over-reach are thrown back in its face.

when policies and unitended consequences of governmental excess result in more homelessness-well then just "ban them" or don't "feed them" which is one step before an extermination camp.

Nazi Germany couldn't deal with anything other than Aryan Perfection. All else was an afront to its existence.

The Western Socialist Welfare State-when faced with its failures similarly would deny them.

Nobody's picture

Of course it's ok to hose the foodless.

DerdyBulls's picture

Feeding them benevolently makes them less dependent on govco, that why.

nmewn's picture

The state can't stand the competition.

So, THERE MUST BE A LAW PASSED to stop it!!! ;-)

JLee2027's picture


The people going to court will find no satisfaction. Judge can simply hide behind the law.

metastar's picture

Do not refer to it as law. The word "law" implies credibility.

Refer to it as illegitimate legislation.

willwork4food's picture

plus 10. I consider most of what they pass as self-serving trash. Ignor as much as possible, and for God's sake, DO NOT CLAP @ a sports game/graduation for these assholes.

GetZeeGold's picture



Things are crazy these days....my neighbors had a lemonade house running. People were coming and going all during the day.


I finally called the cops on them....and they took that 9 year old girl to jail. It's sad to see them break bad so young.

Sean7k's picture

No Metastar, we have been taught that law implies credibility. Law implies a means to enslave. 

lakecity55's picture

The "judge" follows the Orders of The Party.

There is no "Justice" in America.

There is only Servitude to the State.

Seasmoke's picture

If A tries to stop B from feeding C voluntarily , A should be shot.

Boomberg's picture

So if I follow your logic correctly, witches are heavier than a duck, therefore, A should be shot. An alternative is to shoot C so B has no one to feed, therefore A should still be shot just because. This implies that Bs are doing the shooting, therefore they are killer Bs. So there. 

nmewn's picture

No, A was preventing B from helping C while A was the cause of C's unfortunate circumstance to begin with. B was being forced by A to give to C at the very same time A was skimming off the top of C's dreary existence, a profitable venture for A as long as C stays in the same condition.

You're welcome ;-)