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from the Independent
Josiah Duncan may have struggled to fully comprehend the plight of the homeless man he encountered outside an Alabama restaurant.
But he realised, instantly, that he and his mother could help the man by buying him a meal.
The boy’s mother, Ava Faulks, told WAFF that the youngster would not stop asking her questions when they spotted a dishevelled man outside the Waffle House restaurant in the city of Prattville.
Ms Faulks said the youngster asked: “What does homeless mean? Where is his house? Where is his family? Where does he keep his groceries?”
After learning all about the hardship so many people face, Josiah demanded his mother pay for the man’s meal.
“He came in and sat down, and nobody really waited on him,” Ms Fault added. “So Josiah jumped up and asked him if he needed a menu because you can’t order without one.”
The unnamed man originally insisted on simply ordering the cheapest thing on the menu, but Ms Faulks and her son were adamant he should get a good meal.
Before the man could eat, the five-year-old insisted on saying a prayer with the man.
“Watching my son touch the 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I’ll ever get to witness,” she said.
“Pastor Blocked From Feeding The Homeless Because He Doesn’t Have A $500 Permit” Share: Share on email
Pastor Rick Wood hands out food to the homeless in Birmingham
CREDIT: ABC 33/40
A pastor determined to live out the Bible’s dictate that we feed the poor was shut down by local police because he didn’t have a permit to serve food.
Twice a month, Rick Wood, a pastor at The Lord’s House of Prayer in Oneonta, Alabama, gets in his truck and drives around Birmingham with more than a hundred hot dogs and bottles of water, handing them out to the homeless. Wood has been serving those in need for the past six years because he wants to put Matthew 25:35-40 — “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,” a scripture verse he has plastered on the side of his truck — into action.
But last month, Wood was stopped from handing out food by local police because he was in violation of a new city ordinance, passed in December, that regulates food trucks. The new regulation requires food trucks to get a permit, which can cost as much as $500. Though the ordinance is specifically targeted at retail food vendors, rather than charities, the city nevertheless used it to block Wood.
He was livid. “That makes me so mad,” Wood said in an interview with ABC 33/40 News. “These people are hungry. They’re starving. They need help from people. They can’t afford to buy something from a food truck.”
The pastor accused Birmingham of wanting “to chase them out of the city.”
ABC 33/40 News’ video has more: http://youtu.be/HTgnW0WbbFk
Though the homeless population has been declining in Birmingham, significant need remains. A 2013 survey found 1,469 homeless people in the Birmingham area, a figure that has declined 36 percent in the past five years but still accounts for nearly half of all homeless people in Alabama. One-third of Birmingham’s homeless, 509 people, had no shelter at all when the 2013 count was conducted.
Birmingham is not the only city to shut down groups that hand out meals to the homeless. From St. Louis to Raleigh to Philadelphia to Orlando, city governments have implemented new restrictions on charity groups that feed the homeless. Los Angeles is considering a similar measure.
Back in Birmingham, Wood has defiantly vowed to keep serving food to the homeless. “The homeless can’t help the position they’re in,” he said. “They need help.”
from “Think Progress”
In 1963, in the midst of the heated debate over the desegregation of American schools, the University of Alabama announced that it would for the first time allow African Americans to enroll. Fifty years later, in September 2013, two University of Alabama sororities rejected an African American student because of her race. As a result, an anti-racist student group called the Mallet Assembly and other members of the community took action to prevent segregation within the university’s Greek system.
Hosted by VICE Staff Oct 17 2013