Church ordered to stop delivering Thanksgiving meals to homeless in Fla. park

Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate what you have and share what you can with the less fortunate – as long it you don’t do it in a Palm Beach County park.

Acts 2 Worship members in Loxahatchee, Fla., decided to deliver meals to the homeless in Lake Worth’s John Prince Park. But as they were handing out the packaged food, a park ranger ordered the church members to leave, according to local CBS affiliate WPEC.

“God takes care of us,” Steven Griffin said, who lives at the park with his wife Dominique. “We don’t starve. We’re grateful. You get all these other people coming in. I guess it’s because of the economy.”

Tereza Del Rio and about a dozen other church members brought meals to the park on Thanksgiving Day.

Acts 2 Worship members said they couldn’t understand why they were told to leave.

“We brought our kids out here so they could see what it’s really like for people that are struggling,” church member Brian Oakes said. “It’s very disappointing. We didn’t intend for this today. We just wanted to give the food and be able to bless people.”

CBS reporter Israel Balderas found the park ranger and asked why the church group couldn’t feed the homeless. The ranger said he couldn’t comment, then called a dispatcher at the reporter’s request.

No one would speak to the reporter directly, but he was told that feeding the homeless was not a permitted activity on park property and that the church was violating the law. The station researched county ordinances and could find nothing applicable.

Watch the report here via WPEC 12:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.

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