Orange County Homeless Advocates Urging Board of Supervisors to Allow Homeless to Use Food Stamps at Restaurants

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Feeding the homeless is always a tough proposition given their transitory nature. Anyone who visits downtown SanTana knows that various angels provide them with free meals in the Civic Center complex, but those donations only go so far. But now a group of advocates have started a Facebook page asking the Board of Supervisors to approve a California state initiative called the Restaurant Meals program that would allow homeless, the disabled and the elderly to use food stamps at participating restaurants.

"The Restaurant Meals Program, once approved by the county, allows the homeless, mentally ill and otherwise disabled to use food-stamp benefits at restaurants that participate and are able to profit from the privatization of federal dollars," reads the Facebook page. "The current form of government assistance provides little incentive for the homeless to apply for benefits, since bulk, uncooked food is difficult to manage, budget, consume or store. This program would allow local homeless easier access to food, as well as use of public restrooms."

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Phatso Porkmuncher
Phatso Porkmuncher

83 HELPERS TONS OF FOOD AND DRINKS LOTS OF CHEER ALL WANTING TO GIVE JOY HOPE AND LOVE THROUGH SERVITUDE A GREAT TURNOUT AND A VERY HAPPY TIME WAS HAD BY ALLTHE SERVANT'S OF HOPE SOCIETY WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO ATTENEDED THIS EVENT. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR GOD BLESS YOU

5th Annual FEEDING THE HOMELESS 2010 @ PIGEON PARK DEC.20

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

5th Annual Feeding the Homeless at Pigeon Park Dec 20 2010 part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

briansays
briansays

yeah and they can use the restaurant's restrooms to take a showerwash their clothes in the sinksshoot up in the restrooms

think i'm being extremme?i worked in downtown sf for 7 years

Winston Smith
Winston Smith

"... the privatization of federal dollars ..."? Talk about Newspeak! Could they mean taking money away from taxpayers and giving it to private citizens (i.e., restaurant owners)?

Why don't they privatize those dollars over to churches, the Salvation Army, and other groups that will (1) not have to take a share of our money for profits; (2) provide caring spiritual and moral support in addition to food; and (3) help minimize the chance that John and Jane O. Citizen will have the bejeebers scared out of them by encountering a homeless person actually dining? Gee, maybe there's something more going on here than meets the eye.

Mohammed Aly
Mohammed Aly

You have no idea how hard it is for a homeless person to relieve themselves in Santa Ana, where the Catholic Worker feeds thousands of meals a week to the homeless in the Civic Center. Not only did the Treasurer's office lock public restrooms, the Board of Supervisor's office currently discriminates about who has the right to relieve themselves in their public restrooms. The only recourse of the homeless is to face a ticket for defecating in public.

This changes if homeless people can be allowed to be 'paying' customers. Restaurants, unlike public buildings, bring in the profits necessary to easily cover the cost of maintaining FDA-mandated sanitation requirements. As long as a customer is spending that dollar, whether it's private, state or federal money, the businesses still win... and the homeless do not have to relieve themselves in public.

Char0110
Char0110

Screw the churches and Salvation Army.  They are the worst parasites.  Tax churches and the Salvation Army and provide shelters where people can go without brainwashing by some cult.

Mohammed Aly
Mohammed Aly

My name is Mohammed Aly, Huntington Beach 92647, and I started this petition.

The fact that this program might create jobs and help businesses locally does not mean that this is really an AstroTurf movement in OC. That's a little paranoid. I can say that because I know it's not true. I am not a restaurant-owner, I am a student.

Charities (501c3 status nonprofit corporations) are eligible under the current system to use resources from both the OC Food Bank and the Food Stamp program (Calfresh) in order to feed the homeless. The fact is, this petition started only after the city of Costa Mesa denied my right to start a food line; they didn't want me to attract even more homeless to Lions Park: http://articles.ocregister.com...

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