Published On: Wed, Aug 28th, 2013

Church group, Love Wins Ministries, stop from feeding homeless in North Carolina or be arrested

A North Carolina church group said they were prevented from handing out food to the homeless after police threatened them with arrest, according to their website.

police officer meeting with group attempting to feed homelessLove Wins Ministries volunteers frequent the Raleigh, North Carolina community giving out hot coffee and a breakfast sandwich to those in need, according to the church group’s website.

This last week they were met with opposition, greeted by Raleigh Police Department officers.

“An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested,” the Rev. Hugh Hollowell wrote on the group’s website. “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.”

The Raleigh police were there to enforce a city ordinance that bans the distribution of food in any of the city’s parks, ABC Raleigh, N.C., station WTVD-TV reported.

While the group said it was aware they could not use the park itself, they had set up on the sidewalk for the past six years without issue, their website said.

“No representative from the Raleigh Police Department was willing to tell us which ordinance we were breaking, or why, after six years and countless friendly and cooperative encounters with the Department, they are now preventing us from feeding hungry people,” Hollowell wrote.

In addition, the group learned it would need to apply for a permit to use the park, which costs $800 a day, their website said.

No arrests were made in connection with the food distribution, Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue told WTVD-TV.

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  1. Criminalizing Christ: The Love Wins Incident | St Nicholas Episcopal Church says:

    […] more about the Love Wins story here. Read the Rev. Hugh Hollowell’s personal blog […]

  2. Minister Banned From Feeding the Homeless Now Has a Reprieve | www.independentsentinel.com says:

    […] small non-profit religious charity, Love Wins Ministries, which feeds the poor each weekend on a sidewalk adjacent to a city park, was about to feed them […]

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