Ministry Can Temporarily Resume Feeding Homeless

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A North Carolina church group is hailing a decision to halt enforcement of a ban on distribution of food in city parks.

Love Wins Ministries serves breakfast on weekends to the homeless at a downtown park in Raleigh.

They ministry had permission to set up on the sidewalk as long as they didn't block it and cleaned up after themselves. But on Saturday they were told if they served the food, they would be arrested.

"We asked the officers for permission to disperse the biscuits to the over 70 people who had lined up, waiting to eat. They said no. I had to face those who were waiting and tell them that I could not feed them or I would be arrested," Rev. Hugh Hollowell wrote on the group's website. 

In a welcome turn of events, the Law and Public Safety Committee of Raleigh's City Council agreed Wednesday to place a moratorium on enforcement of the ordinance.

"While this decision is not ideal for the long term, we do look forward to collaborating with Mayor McFarlane and the City Council to craft a sustainable solution that benefits all of Raleigh's citizens," Hollowell wrote in Aug. 28 post on the group's site.

"Until that happens, we're just happy that we get to share a meal with our friends in Moore Square," he said.

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