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No Kugel for you! (Big Brother Bloomberg bans food donations)
NY Post ^ | March 19, 2012 | JEFF STIER

Posted on 03/19/2012 1:31:11 PM PDT by NYer

So much for serving the homeless.

The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless.

In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.

For over a decade, Glenn Richter and his wife, Lenore, have led a team of food-delivery volunteers from Ohab Zedek, the Upper West Side Orthodox congregation.

They’ve brought freshly cooked, nutrient-rich surplus foods from synagogue events to homeless facilities in the neighborhood. (Disclosure: I know the food is so tasty because I’ve eaten it — I’m an OZ member.) The practice of donating such surplus food to homeless shelters is common among houses of worship in the city.

DHS Commissioner Seth Diamond says the ban on food donations is consistent with Mayor Bloomberg’s emphasis on improving nutrition for all New Yorkers. A new interagency document controls what can be served at facilities — dictating serving sizes as well as salt, fat and calorie contents, plus fiber minimums and condiment recommendations.

The city also cites food-safety issues with donations, but it’s clear that the real driver behind the ban is the Bloomberg dietary diktats.

Diamond insists that the institutional vendors hired by the shelters serve food that meets the rules but also tastes good; it just isn’t too salty. So, says the commissioner, the homeless really don’t need any of the synagogue’s food.

Glenn Richter’s experience suggests otherwise. He says the beneficiaries — many of them senior citizens recovering from drug and alcohol abuse — have always been appreciative of the treats he and other OZ members bring.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: ban; bloomberg; donations; food; jews; nannystate; nokugelforyou

1 posted on 03/19/2012 1:31:23 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Liz; The Mayor; Gerish; narses; ConservativeNewYorker; ml/nj

Forbidden: Shelters must turn away synagogue goodies like gefilte fish and pastries, thanks to Bloomberg.

It’s not just that the donations offer an enjoyable addition to the “official” low-salt fare; knowing that the food comes from volunteers and community members warms their hearts, not just their stomachs.

Can anyone explain to me how Bloomberg was able to run as a Republican!

2 posted on 03/19/2012 1:34:28 PM PDT by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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To: NYer

If you are starving, do you have a problem with the nutritional grade of the food? It is better than eating sawdust.


3 posted on 03/19/2012 1:36:02 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: NYer

Hmmm. Houston, NYC, and other crack down on donating food to the homeless all at the same time.

Houston’s also ramping up prosecution of food trucks and noisy dance nights at clubs.

Priorities when Democrats are in charge.


4 posted on 03/19/2012 1:40:03 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: jonrick46

The homeless will just go back to dumpster diving in trash bins outside fast food joints.


5 posted on 03/19/2012 1:41:20 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: a fool in paradise
Will Bloomberg require them to post nutritional information and calorie content on the dumpsters too?
6 posted on 03/19/2012 1:43:44 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: NYer
Some people think 1984 was a how-to manual, not a novel.
7 posted on 03/19/2012 1:44:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: NYer

This has nothing to do with nutrition. It’s about creating a supply chain for a crony or a union.


8 posted on 03/19/2012 1:44:28 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: NYer

9 posted on 03/19/2012 1:46:44 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: NYer
I always thought any food was better than none when you're hungry.
Add one more the the list of bad things liberals do "because it's good for you".

10 posted on 03/19/2012 1:47:11 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: NYer

Ain’t no cheese like gub’ment cheese!


11 posted on 03/19/2012 1:57:27 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: NYer

More insanity with each passing day.


12 posted on 03/19/2012 2:01:09 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: NYer

“Can anyone explain to me how Bloomberg was able to run as a Republican!”

Rhetorical I know, but same reason McPain, and now Romney. The GOP-E.

Logic says if the Radical Left can take over the DemocRAT Party, then why not the leadership of the other major party as well.

I think that’s what we are experiencing.


13 posted on 03/19/2012 2:03:17 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: NYer

So, NO FOOD is better to a homeless person (and their families) than FREE FOOD from a church, synagogue, mosque or temple?................Bloomberg must have his hands on the food distro lines somewhere and must be making big bucks.............


14 posted on 03/19/2012 2:04:15 PM PDT by Red Badger (If the Government can make you buy health insurance, they can make you buy a Volt................)
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To: NYer

Bloomberg Government Uber Alles.


15 posted on 03/19/2012 2:04:57 PM PDT by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to slaughter anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: a fool in paradise
In prohibiting freewill donations Bloomberg is tossing the entire cost burden to the taxpayers.

Taxes are collected at the point of a gun. If you don't believe that then don't pay. They will send armed officers of the law to pick you up.

I think this action gives perverts like Bloomberg some sort of sexual thrill.

16 posted on 03/19/2012 2:06:04 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: NYer

“But a certain Samaritan being on his journey, came near him; and seeing him, was moved with compassion.

And going up to him, bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine: and setting him upon his own beast, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. “

City officials arrested the Samaritan and charged him with practicing medicine without a license; improper handling of medical waste; illegal dispensing of beer, wine, or spirits; animal cruelty; illegal operation of an emergency vehicle or ambulance; leaving the scene of a an accident; failure to notify law enforcement of a crime; operation of an unlicensed medical facility.


17 posted on 03/19/2012 2:07:41 PM PDT by TKeith
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To: NYer
-- Can anyone explain to me how Bloomberg was able to run as a Republican! --

Just sign up. Best I can tell, Republican politicians are just fine with big government.

18 posted on 03/19/2012 2:10:33 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: NYer
Can anyone explain to me how Bloomberg was able to run as a Republican!

Because he knew he couldn't buy his way through the Dem primary and there was no one on the R side to fill Rudy's shoes, so he just bought the R nomination and then the election. He was never a Republican.

19 posted on 03/19/2012 2:13:22 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: NYer
Can anyone explain to me ...

He wasn't Mark Green?

20 posted on 03/19/2012 2:15:24 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: muawiyah

This is incredible. A clear goal of rat government at all levels is to eliminate one citizen from helping another. In less than a year the Left will cheer the closing of Catholic hospitals.

All Hail Obama!


21 posted on 03/19/2012 2:28:34 PM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: NYer
Can anyone explain to me how Bloomberg was able to run as a Republican!

IIRC, there was nobody running on the republican ticket, so he entered the "primary" unopposed. He didn't want to have to run against any other dems until the final election.

Mark

22 posted on 03/19/2012 3:10:27 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: NYer

ANY American politician that gets in the way of volunteerism should immediately resign and deport himself. Why is Bloomberg in America instead of France, anyway????


23 posted on 03/19/2012 3:17:17 PM PDT by cookcounty (Newt 2012: ---> Because he got it DONE.)
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To: a fool in paradise

With these Socialist’s pants in a wad about the quality of food donations, what they really are doing is setting up the elimination of the religious route to food donations. Big Government will use this food standards ruse to knock out the Christian service operations and set up their own Government kitchens for the homeless. The tax payers will pay to the nose (to kill the religious services) and the homeless will eat like a king at our expense. The Govenment will make sure none of them will want the dumpster food. They want to get them all addicted to the Government trough.


24 posted on 03/19/2012 4:00:25 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: jonrick46

The Government hates competition. That’s why it seeks to eliminate all enforceable limits on its power. Like the Constitution.


25 posted on 03/19/2012 4:07:57 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: JoeProBono

Joe ... while working in Manhattan back in the 80s, I was a customer of Al Yeganeh. His store front operation was only 2 blocks from my office and I would often purchase his home made soup, exact change ready, just like on Seinfeld, except this was before the Seinfeld episode.


26 posted on 03/19/2012 4:08:55 PM PDT by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Here’s another Bloominidiot move for the books!


27 posted on 03/19/2012 4:16:12 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Our Founding Fathers were on to these enemies of the Republic!


28 posted on 03/19/2012 4:26:59 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: NYer

Tar and Feathering is long over due.


29 posted on 03/19/2012 5:27:12 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Brass, copper, lead. The new precious metals.)
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To: NYer; Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; ..

Can’t let the homeless actually enjoy food given from the goodness of somebody’s heart! Might make somebody gain a pound or two.

Bloomberg’s health nazis are the most disgusting people, and Bloomberg is disgusting, too.

Nanny State PING!


30 posted on 03/20/2012 9:10:15 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


31 posted on 03/20/2012 9:19:39 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: NYer

I belong to organizations that are always holding banquets from the members or guests - back in the day we’d load up any leftovers and send them to the shelter - now we just put it out the next day if anyone wants it - or we toss it.

Can’t donate anymore if anything is not sealed - well, none of it was sealed - just throw it out....


32 posted on 03/20/2012 9:30:02 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

BIG BROTHER MUST CONTROL EVERYTHING!


33 posted on 03/20/2012 9:34:29 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: NYer

I wonder how he’s been allowed to remain there so long.


34 posted on 03/22/2012 11:11:58 AM PDT by ichabod1
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To: BitWielder1

Like banning breathalyzers err... inhalers?


35 posted on 03/22/2012 11:15:37 AM PDT by ichabod1
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To: muawiyah

Well, it’s like the red cross... they don’t want your stuff, just make a cash donation that they can use as they see fit.


36 posted on 03/22/2012 11:17:56 AM PDT by ichabod1
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To: cookcounty

Because he’s a Jew?


37 posted on 03/22/2012 11:19:31 AM PDT by ichabod1
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To: ichabod1

I’d imagine a thug like Bloomberg imagines the Government is just like the “Red Cross”.


38 posted on 03/22/2012 11:57:29 AM PDT by muawiyah
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