A St. Louis religious group of volunteers that serves hot home-cooked meals to the homeless was ordered to cease its operations until it gets a permit.
For the past year, Churches of the Streets, a community-based organization of Christian volunteers, has been serving dozens of homeless people every Monday night who have nowhere else to go, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. But after the paper ran a feature lauding the group for its benevolent work earlier this month, the city’s Health Department told the group that it had to stop feeding the homeless until it gets proper documentation.
“They’re doing a good thing, they really are,” Pat Mahoney, an environmental health supervisor with the city Health Department, told the Post-Dispatch. “It’s because they’re serving the public. The moment you start inviting the public to attend, that’s when we get into it.”