Phili Woman Faces $600-A-Day Fine For Feeding Needy Neighborhood Kids...

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    A Pennsylvania woman who offers free lunch every day to low-income children in her neighborhood faces a $600-a-day fine next summer if she continues because she did not clear the food giveaway with township officials.

    Angela Prattis donates her time to distribute the meals -- supplied by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia -- and adheres to strict paperwork, like filling out weekly reports and being visited bi-weekly from a state worker, MyFoxPhilly.com reports.

    "Angela saw it as a way to contribute to the community in a positive way," Anne Ayella, a member of the archdiocese, said. "There was nothing in it for her."

    Prattis laughed and said, "I don’t make a dime."

    Prattis lived in the township for three years. She reportedly distributes the meals to the 60 or so children at a gazebo on her property during the summer months, when children are home from school.

    The Delaware County Times reports that another resident alerted the council about the distribution a few weeks ago. The council investigated and ruled that the practice is not permitted without a variance, the paper reported.

    "You have houses here, the roofs are falling in, and they could be focused on a lot of more serious issues than me feeding children," she said...

    Read more: Philadelphia woman faces $600-a-day fine for feeding needy neighborhood kids | Fox News
     
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    Real charity threatens the Progressive agenda. Can't have that...
     
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    This is exactly the type of community outreach that made welfare as we now know it unnecessary for nearly two centuries.
    And exactly the kind of unregulated compassion progressives seek to destroy.

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    NBC10 spoke with Bill Pisarek, the Chester Township business manager, to find out what exactly she&#8217;s in violation of.

    &#8220;Basically the property is in an R3 residential zone,&#8221; said Pisarek.

    According to the town, Prattis is zoned residential and therefore needs a variance to offer free lunches. Pisarek told NBC10 she can apply for a variance. It costs $1,000 just to apply however.

    &#8220;We&#8217;re not here to go after her, to hurt her, to take money from her or to prevent her from feeding kids that need the food,&#8221; said Pisarek.

    Angela tells NBC10 she plans to go to the next Chester Township Council meeting to do what is necessary. Until then however, she says she will continue to feed the children of her neighborhood before they go back to school.

    Free Lunch Lady Could Face $600 Fine | NBC 10 Philadelphia
     
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    So one now needs permission from the government to be nice?
     
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    Yep...remember, they know what's best...:eusa_eh:
     
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    Sounds like the NIMBY's complained.
     
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    The wiki article for the township

    Chester Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Doesnt seem like the most affluent area. I doubt some uptight homeowner worrying about property values called this in.

    The fact she can feed up to 60 hungry children a day in a township of 4000 people speaks loads of the poverty there.

    This is someone trying to make a difference, and the local town has to threaten her with fines, and require a permit. Probably because she ruffled some political feathers.
     

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