A pastor was blocked from feeding the homeless without a permit in Oneonta, Alabama recently, although he has been doing so for six years.
Those familiar with the Charlotte area know many groups, such as the Urban Ministry Center, feed the homeless on a daily basis. However, in some areas of the country it is illegal to feed the homeless without a permit.
In some areas it is also illegal to feed the homeless without a commercial kitchen.
According to the details shared by Thinkprogess.org and then shared on Facebook, this is what happened to Pastor Rick Wood:
Twice a month, Rick Wood, a pastor at The Lord’s House of Prayer in Oneonta, Alabama, gets in his truck and drives around Birmingham with more than a hundred hot dogs and bottles of water, handing them out to the homeless. Wood has been serving those in need for the past six years because he wants to put Matthew 25:35-40 — “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,” a scripture verse he has plastered on the side of his truck — into action.
Some may question Rick Wood should get the required permit. Does he have a right to say he has been doing this for 6 years and therefore a precedent has been set? Perhaps an attorney in his area will step forward and help Rick Wood.
Please share your thoughts here about Pastor Rick Wood and what you think his next step should be. The video included with this article will show this is happening in other parts of the country as well. Is it going to happen in your neighborhood next?
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