Homelessness: Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter Wants To Ban Feeding Homeless People In City Parks (How You Can Help)

03/15/2012 08:31 am ET | Updated Mar 15, 2012


PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter wants to ban community organizations from feeding the hungry and homeless in city parks.

Nutter says he wants the homeless to eat indoors, where mental health and medical services can be provided.

But organizations that already serve meals outdoors say the ban is a ploy to get the homeless out of high-traffic areas, like the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, home to many of the city's museums.

Nutter says the true aim is to offer better and safer food to the hungry. He says the city will set up a temporary space for serving meals at City Hall's northwest corner and offer free food safety classes for organizations that want to serve meals.

The ban will take effect following a 30-day comment period.

Disagree with Mayor Nutter's proposed measure? Sign the petition opposing his ban on feeding homeless people in city parks here.

To help Philadelphia's homeless population, consider donating to We Feed the Homeless Philly, an organization that hands out hundreds of bags of meals, and accepts both monetary and food donations. Learn how you can get involved here.