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Mar 19, 2012


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Here's a disturbing news item from New York:


"Bloomberg Bans Food Donations to Homeless Shelters: Too Salty!"

"... blocking food donations to all government-run facilities ..."

"Since DHS [Department of Homeless Services] can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans."

Evidently no nutrition is better than unapproved nutrition.

But there is a larger question: Should we help anyone in need? whether they need it or not?

Perhaps the Christian response would be, yes - if we can afford it. (To give away all one's property to the poor would only take us out of the giving line and put us into the taking line.)

Then there's the question of what does 'help' really entail?. If I give someone a dinner, he's hungry tomorrow.

Still, I can give someone a dinner, and also a list of all the organizations in the area that can do more.

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