ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The City health department told the religious group, “Churches in the Streets” to stop serving hot food to the homeless because they don’t have a permit. Organizers thought that they did not need a permit because they were meeting on private property.
The city considers the group’s activities different from other outdoor gatherings, according to the Post-Dispatch. They say activities like tailgating a Rams football game are more private in nature. Plus, churches that host fish frys also must have permits.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that this news comes one day after the group was featured on the front page of the paper. The group has been providing home-cooked meals, clothing and supplies to the homeless for more than a year.