A 90-year-old man from Fort Lauderdale, Florida refuses to let a new city ordinance stand in the way of homeless people and hot meals.
Arnold Abbott has been arrested twice in less than a week for attempting to give meals to those in need. His most recent arrest came on Wednesday when he and supporters gathered at Fort Lauderdale Beach to feed the homeless.
“It’s our right to feed people, it’s our First Amendment right and I believe in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man, and we should be allowed to feed our fellow man,” Abbott said.
According to NBC News, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, approved restrictions overnight on churches and other charitable organizations that feed the homeless, becoming the latest city to impose limits on meals offered by private groups in public places.
The new law which was approved on Oct. 22 bans public from food sharing.” “The new law carries a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.” So in Ft Lauderdale you can go to jail for 60 days and be fined $500 for sharing some French fries on the street.
The regulations require groups handing out food to homeless to be at least 500 feet away from residential properties. They limit feeding sites for homeless to one in any given city block, and prevent feeding sites from being within 500 feet of each other.