A Birmingham pastor has been told he can no longer distribute food to the homeless from his food truck due to city ordinances recently passed regulating food truck operations.
While the regulations were aimed at commercial food trucks, Minister Rick Wood of The Lords House of Prayer was shut down by police and told that he would need a permit from the health department, according to the Birmingham ABC affiliate 33/40.
“That makes me so mad,” Wood told ABC 33/40. “These people are hungry. They’re starving. They need help from people. They can’t afford to buy something from a food truck.”
The scripture Matthew 25:35-40 is posted on his truck, words Wood says he lives by.
“I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was naked, I was sick and in prison,” Wood said, quoting the scripture. “When you do to them, you do to me.”
Wood’s vehicle doesn’t fit the traditional food truck definition, which the ordinance requires a permit ranging from $300 to $500 to operate, and is restricted from operating within 150 feet of a restaurant, according to AL.com.
Despite the warning, Wood plans to continue his ministry to the homeless.
Watch the report here via ABC 33/40:
ABC 33/40 – Birmingham News, Weather, Sports
H/T: The Blaze
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