Skip to comments.Too dumb to check: Bloomberg blocks food donations for homeless due to … salt and fat content
Posted on 03/20/2012 6:46:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
I really did think it was too dumb to check. I saw this column in the Post yesterday and passed on blogging it because I figured it’d turn out to be an exaggeration. Nope. That’s what I get for giving the benefit of the doubt to a guy who worries about people on food stamps buying sugary drinks.
You might die cold and hungry on the streets of New York, my friends, but at least you won’t have to worry about high salt intake.
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 cant assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans…
DHS Commissioner Seth Diamond says the ban on food donations is consistent with Mayor Bloombergs 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 its clear that the real driver behind the ban is the Bloomberg dietary diktats.
What is with this guy running his little nutritional experiments on the city’s poorest people? Are they simply targets of opportunity, dependent upon NYC’s government for survival and therefore forced to follow whatever pleasure-stifling nannyism Bloomberg can cook up for them? Or does he focus on the poor because in America cheap eats tend to be bad eats, which leads (paradoxically) to more obese poor people? Or maybe it’s a preventive measure aimed at minimizing health-care costs for the poor by improving their diets before they get sick? Or maybe Bloomberg just has deep psychological issues about salt? All theories are welcome.
LOL! Nanny staters are such a bunch of buffoons.
You are the salt of the Earth.
He is such a little dumbass sissy! Can’t stand to listen to him.
Maybe he could share ONE of his home with the HOMELESS..
Michael Bloomberg is an asshole.
Apologies to anal sphincters everywhere.
Starving people *need* fat and salt you inbred pathetic piece of crap! People all over the would live eating fat and salt dumbass, and have for thousands of years!
What is wrong with these people! I swear Liberals are from Mars or someplace in outer space. They certainly think like they just got to Earth and don't know the common sense rules of almost any other human being.
Bloomberg: Leftism out of control. This guy may be a Republican, but in name only. He’s a nanny know-it-all into business that is none of his.
MREs for soldiers are often high in salt and fat because of the physical demands on their bodies - high stress, dangerous environments, excess cold, excess heat, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, etc.
Those factors ALSO apply to MANY of the homeless, if you think about it. So the food should fit the need, here - and Bloomberg is depriving them of just what they need.
What a coincidence.
Actually Bloomberg is the perfect example of a republican.
RE: This guy may be a Republican, but in name only.
Bloomberg left the Republican party in 2007 to become an Independent.
Does anyone else see the irony of the 45th richest man in the world, multi-billionaire Mike dictating the meals served at homeless shelters and restaurants full of his fellow democrats?
Now, when the homeless die of starvation, they can thank Bloomberg that their trans-fats are low.
Also designed to destroy private charity in favor of government control. Sick.
I have a friend who volunteers in NJ, drives a truck around to pick up food donations and brings them to shelters and convents in NYC, which then feed the homeless. Sounds like his efforts are now illegal!
Here’s a comment fom the link: “Maybe hes more shrewd than we think. Perhaps hes intent on pushing the homeless out of the city by using hyper-liberalism as a cloak?”
Ten there is also this from Bloomberg 2009. City Aids Homeless With One-Way Tickets Home
The Bloomberg administration, which has struggled with a seemingly intractable problem of homelessness for years, has paid for more than 550 families to leave the city since 2007, as a way of keeping them out of the expensive shelter system, which costs $36,000 a year per family. All it takes is for a relative elsewhere to agree to take the family in.
They are flown to Paris ($6,332), Orlando ($858.40), Johannesburg ($2,550.70), or most frequently, San Juan ($484.20).
We have paid for visas, weve gone down to the consulate, weve provided letters, weve paid for passports for people to go. Anyone who comes through our door.
One family with 10 children accepted an offer to go to Puerto Rico on a nonstop JetBlue flight. An adventurous but ultimately unlucky Michigan couple drove to the city in search of jobs and a new life. They got $400 in gas cards to drive back.
One set of parents agreed to move to France with their three children to be with the mothers family. The $6,332 travel cost included five plane tickets to Paris and five train tickets to the town of Granville, in the northwest.
Not to mention that Bloomberg left the Democrat party in 2001 to become a Republican, thereby gaining a chance to win the primary for mayor.
(In a lisping, swishy voice) “Under my administration, the homeless are dying with absolutely perfect cholesterol levels, both HDL and LDL, and much lower then average blood pressure. I’ll put that record against that of any of my predecessors.”
Gosh. These out of touch politicians would rather the poor starve from lack of donations to the food bank, and they won’t care. Bastids.
Let them eat arugula.