Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kansas City Food Sharing Ordinance Fight

A day of testimony from locals who didn't feel they were included in the process . . . Northeast News: "During the public's turn to address the committee and speak about the ordinance, those against the ordinance outnumbered its supporters. Current homeless people and representatives from various food sharing organizations, including the Salvation Army and Uplift Organization Inc., explained why they are against the ordinance. Many voiced their displeasure with the permits and how this ordinance seemed rushed without much community involvement."

KCTV5: Opponents battle over new rules for feeding hungry

15 Comments:

Anonymous said...

So ReStart just want's their food on the streets to feed the homeless. Just like one cab company.

Anonymous said...

If you wrap your dick in money the city council will pass an ordnance and suck it...in KC its not ever what is about being moral and what is right....its only about money. Wouldn't it be great for tax paying citizens to bring in a city government accountability program...hell if you fuck up and do something wrong you get a citation and pay a fine...those government fuckers would be broke if they were held accountable for not only what they promised and didnt deliver, but also for all the stupid shit they do that hurts this city.

Anonymous said...

Who on the City COuncil started this poverty pimping ordinance?

Anonymous said...

I hear it was Jim "always sitting on the front row at MLK Celebration" Glover, but maybe TKC can clarify the path of this ordinance . . .

Anonymous said...

Money quote .... "Major Douglas Rowland of the Salvation Army said this ordinance is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. He pointed out that the Homelessness Task Force of Greater Kansas City doesn't endorse this ordinance." So, what is the TRUE intent of this legislation?????

Anonymous said...

10:36 - the "Toy" or "Money" Train along Independence Blvd and downtown council is a possible candidate.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't ReStart run a kitchen at Paseo & 11th that the Downtown Council supports to keep the "begging poor" & "hopeless homeless" out of downtown?

Anonymous said...

ReStart & JoCo Craig is a sellout ....

The Downtown Community Services Center (DCSC), a juggernaut of care for the homeless and hungry in Downtown Kansas City, recently milestones with reStart and the Kansas City Community Kitchen at its humble home at 8th & Paseo.

reStart, the DCSC’s first tenant, is in its fifth year of providing shelter and supportive services to homeless men, women, youth and families with the goal of helping them move toward independence and self-sufficiency and ending homelessness in our community. In 2012, reStart provided support to 6,680 adults, 3,370 families and 1,367 children, and made a bold move by opening the Housing Solutions Center (HSC).

“That placed us at the forefront of a new approach to working with the homeless in our community: helping prevent at-risk families and individuals from becoming homeless in the first place, or helping to rapidly find new housing for them if they do lose their homes,” said Evie Craig, reStart executive director. “The HSC provides focused case management services for our clients to help them reach their goals.”

The Kansas City Community Kitchen, operated by Episcopal Community Services, is in its third year at the DCSC. Each weekday, hundreds of hungry people in Downtown line up and wait for the clock to strike noon. For the next two hours, the doors will be open and the Community Kitchen will serve about 600 hot meals. Some of these hungry people are homeless—most have jobs, but do not have enough to eat. They are known as the “working poor” and their population is growing.

“This facility has not only allowed us to serve more people in need, but also to do so in a way that improves health and provides hope for a better future,” said John Hornbeck, of ECS. “All of this would not have been possible without the Downtown business community.”

In the two years, the Community Kitchen served more than 310,000 hot, nutritious meals – an increase of nearly 53,000 meals or 20.4 percent over the kitchen’s previous location.

The roots of the DCSC began with the Downtown Council’s Human Services Committee nearly a decade ago.

“The committee works to ensure that human service needs of Downtown residents are met using best practices and to ensure quality of care and effectiveness of operation,” said Sean O’Byrne, DTC vice president. “An important goal of the committee is to provide a safe, accessible, full service, daytime, multi-use facility to assist the homeless community in the delivery of services Downtown.”

The Downtown Council championed the private fundraising of more than $1 million to purchase the building at 8th & Paseo in 2007 and renovate it into a beacon for the homeless, hungry and needy in Downtown.

Anonymous said...

Totally yes, ReStart / Craig has been bought and paid by City Hall and Downtown Council! another good quote from NE News article. They should be banished from the Homelessness Task Force.

"Places like reStart that help feed homeless people, have food permits to serve, but many organizations like churches do not. Churches and charities are worried it puts limitations on them because preparing food on-site would not be allowed nor would meal donations.

"Under this ordinance, you can't give a hot dog to someone or give a sandwich to someone sleeping underneath a bridge. In other words, it is better for them to go eat out of dumpster than for me to go buy something and hand it to them," Caldwell said.

"Is this really about protecting the health of the homeless citizens or is this about legislating a certain type of community standard," said Steven Garrett, who is homeless.

Anonymous said...

Downtown Council Sean O’Byrne is a pimp ... he used the Union Station credit card for his own personal use!

Anonymous said...

If we can't regulate their food, how can we be assured the democrat pro-streetcar vote of Ole Gummy Joe?!

Anonymous said...

The ordinance is immoral.

Anonymous said...

As of today I am lauching FUBAR, the homeless ride sharing service where hip millenials can contract with a homeless FUBAR driver to take them to their poetry reading, ukelele concert or designer sock fashion show. The customer decides how many sandwiches to tip, it's just that easy!

Anonymous said...

Hip millenials are already FUBAR. In fact they6're not just FUBAR, they're FUBAB.

Anonymous said...

This is one reason why Kansas City government is becoming more insignificant in the eyes of the King's subjects. I hope the city dumb asses can figure out how to vote.