Volunteers were heartbroken after they were forced to destroy “perfectly good barbecue,” courtesy Kansas City Health Inspectors. The food had been intended for hungry homeless people.
Each of the last five years, volunteers with Kookers Kare – a barbecue chef collective charity – have worked to feed thousands of hungry homeless people. This year, however, inspectors forced them to throw all of the food away.
Normally, selfish volunteers round up thousands of pounds of leftovers from the annual cookoff and prep them for distribution at area shelters and on the street, but this year city officials stepped in.
Health officials say the food was destroyed because it wasn’t from a permitted establishment, and they couldn’t track where the food had been, and so couldn’t ensure its safety, reports ABC 7.
Just how the food inspectors confused perfectly good food for something that should be taken from the hungry, covered in bleach, and tossed in the dumpster, is unknown. However, Kookers Kares promises not to let it happen again next year.
“It was the whole gamut. If you can think of the most magnificent barbecue spread, that’s what we threw away yesterday by the hundreds of pounds,” said Bill Derke, associate director of Hope City.
They were expecting lunch and for it to be a really good lunch and just having it taken away it was a bummer. We were all bummed out
Unfortunately, health inspectors aren’t showing any signs of loosening their grip, and cities across the country are cracking down on good people who want to feed the needy.
Last December, the Dallas, Texas city council enacted Ordinance No. 29595, which makes it illegal to serve food to the homeless without jumping through bureaucratic hoops, including a fee, training classes, and written notices.
However, the folks over at the aptly named organization Don’t Comply, took to the streets just outside the Austin Street Shelter in Dallas, while well armed, and successfully fed thousands of homeless people. Here’s to the hope that more folks can follow their lead.
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