November 10, 2012

Bloomberg would rather the homeless starve than eat too much salt

CBS News NYC - Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s food police have struck again. Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Glenn Richter arrived at a West Side synagogue on Monday to collect surplus bagels — fresh nutritious bagels — to donate to the poor. However, under a new edict from Bloomberg’s food police he can no longer donate the food to city homeless shelters.
It’s the “no bagels for you” edict.

Richter has been collecting food from places like the Ohav Zedek synagogue and bringing it to homeless shelters for more than 20 years, but recently his donation, including a “cholent” or carrot stew, was turned away because the Bloomberg administration wants to monitor the salt, fat and fiber eaten by the homeless.

Richter said he was stunned. He said his family has eaten the same food forever and flourished.

“My father lived to 97; my grandfather lived to 97, and they all enjoyed it and somehow we’re being told that this is no good and I think there is a degree of management that becomes micromanagement and when you cross that line simply what you’re doing is wrong,” Richter said.


Anonymous said...

If I recall correctly, the Nazis did the same thing to the Jews in their "Arbeit Macht Frei" camps. As do the Zionists to the Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere.

Where the hell are the Red Cross monitors? Oh, that's right, they're out bagging the money.

Anonymous said...

"fresh nutritious bagels"?
We're talking bagels here, aren't we?
Generally, a boiled dough of white, processed flour and water---and now we're labeling that 'nutritious'?
Who came up with that one, the same guy during Ol' Dutch's reign who claimed that ketchup now constituted a vegetable?
Meeting the needs of the homeless and starving ought to be a serious endeavor, with an objective of truly fulfilling needs and not merely quenching hunger. Seems that is the distinction being missed in the discussion. However, the implications of admitting that at least some of our American diet is nutritionally useless might lead too many folks to consider and question as to what extent said admission might apply. That could cut into serious profits for the Industrial Ag/marketing complex--so lets have and end to such heresy.

Strelnikov said...

It's all part of Bloomie's "use the law crookedly to get rid of 'problems' program." In this case, use the transfat laws to starve the homeless out.

NYC, you need to admit your mayor is a vampire and stake him already.

Anonymous said...

So, as long as they provide nutrition information, they could then be donated.

Seems like a protective measure to help the people eating the food.

"Here, serve this to the needy!" "What's in it?" "I can't tell you!" "Then I can't serve it."

I support that.

Anonymous said...

So, as long as they provide nutrition information, they could then be donated.

Not what it says. It says the city must assess the content. And since many foods, both processed and natural, aren't labeled or passed through the city's inspection process, they can't be donated. They can be sold and eaten, but not donated.

Anonymous said...

To the person who said that bloomberg is a vampire. Trust us, we know. We CANNOT wait til he gets the fuck out of office, I'm still wondering on how the hell did he get a third term as mayor.