The government’s war on fat people has opened a new front in New York City. According to new regulations, all food served to the homeless people must meet new nutritional guidelines. The problem is that the DHS can’t evaluate the nutrition of donated food, so now shelters can no longer accept it. Meaning that, because some of the food donated might have been high in fat or salt content or something, some homeless people might not be getting any food at all. 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.
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