A woman in Philadelphia is facing a fine for feeding hungry children. Angela Prattis was threatened with a $600 fine for every day she handed out free food.
The local government has tried to get citizens to quit feeding the hungry, hoping that doing so will force the poor into shelters.
Prattis distributes meals every day from the gazebo in her yard. She believes the government has more important things to worry about.
“You have houses here, the roofs are falling in, and they could be focused on a lot of more serious issues than me feeding children,” Prattis said.
“How is feeding kids a bad thing?” she asked. “I’m doing this from my heart because I love children. And these kids are hungry. Last Friday, I had 20 children walk to my house in the pouring rain for lunch, and at 2 p.m., they came back for a snack. Tell me this program is not needed.”
But Township Council Chairman Stanley Kester says that rules have to be followed.
“She wants us to bypass or exonerate her from the zoning hearing. She just doesn’t want to pay to do things the right way. We can’t just start exempting everyone from our laws. If you do one, you’ve got to do everybody,” Kester said.
Prattis will have to pay $1,000 to continue her program.