Fort Lauderdale, Florida has stayed true to its word after passing a law that would require homeless feeding sites to be more than 500 feet away from each other, with only one allowed per city block. A 90-year-old homelessness advocate, along with two ministers, was arrested in Fort Lauderdale this week for giving out food to the homeless. The three donors could face up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine for the offense.
“I fully believe that I am my brother’s keeper. Love they neighbor as thy self,” volunteer Arnold Abbott told local news station KHON; Abbot prepares hundreds of meals each week for his local church. “One of police officers came over and said ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as if I was carrying a weapon.”
The pastors and volunteers, however, were unfazed when it came to the punishment they received for doing good. In fact, Abbott plans on serving food again tomorrow, despite the possibility of arrest.
“We believe very strongly that Jesus taught us that we are to feed his sheep,” said Pastor Wayne Black, of Coral Springs’ Sanctuary Church.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi