The group serving free hot soup for the homeless says they were shocked and will keep serving food to the homeless, despite the incident. Health officials say they won’t use bleach in such situations again. The group’s volunteers say they are saddened by the incident but will continue to serve food to the homeless.
Free Hot Soup volunteers say they were shocked.
Free Hot Soup volunteers say they were shocked to hear that the city of Kansas City pours bleach on food meant for the homeless. Homeless people ate the bleached food because they believed it would clean their bodies. However, the health department says the volunteers were not properly licensed to serve the food.
Free Hot Soup KC is a nonprofit group that offers free supplies to the homeless. They organize picnics in four Kansas City parks and serve homemade meals to the homeless. The city’s Health Department recently targeted the organization for not following proper food handling procedures and obtaining necessary permits. The organization says the raid is an attempt to discriminate against the homeless.
The health department wants to ensure that the homeless’s food is safe before giving it out for free. The group is working with the city to find out if feeding the homeless is safe. The health department also wants to ensure the food is healthy for the homeless. However, this approach will increase the costs of these efforts.
Kansas City officials have defended their actions as necessary to protect the public’s health. But the city’s actions are a sign of bias and control. While the city’s decision was ultimately wrong, the volunteers who support them are shocked and angry. They say that this will not happen again.
Health officials say they will no longer use bleach in situations like this.
Health officials are warning that bleach can be a hazardous product. The chemical reacts with acids to release chlorine gas, which is highly toxic. It also creates potentially carcinogenic compounds such as trihalomethane. As a result, it is vital to ensure that bleach-water solutions are correctly balanced to ensure sufficient chlorine concentrations.
Chlorine dioxide, a high-level disinfectant, is widely used in manufacturing and animal care industries. It is also used in toothpaste and paper and pulp manufacturing. In 2001, health officials used it to kill anthrax contamination from the Hart Senate Building. However, the chemical has limited efficacy and has to be mixed on-site.
The use of bleach is controversial. Some people have even questioned whether it was safe. But a recent poll found that nearly a third of people used bleach on food. Some also admitted to spraying themselves with disinfectant sprays. Other respondents reported inhaling bleach vapors and drinking diluted bleach solutions. However, the poll did not mention President Trump’s remarks on bleach in April, during which he questioned whether a drug injected inside a disinfectant would effectively kill the virus. Since then, manufacturers and poison control centers have advised consumers to avoid bleach.
Volunteers say they will continue to serve food to the homeless.
As the homeless population continues to rise, volunteers in Kansas City say they will continue to serve meals and provide supplies for the homeless. Many volunteers brought protest signs, but no one tried to stop the mission. Volunteers gathered at Ilus Davis Park in the shadow of City Hall and the U.S. District Courthouse.
There is no specific law that forbids volunteer organizations from feeding the homeless. However, there has been controversy in the past because of the way local governments have handled the issue. Previously, cities had restricted food distribution. However, in August, the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protects food distribution.
There are many volunteer opportunities outside of soup kitchens and shelters. Many local nonprofit organizations need volunteers to help with their efforts. Dozens of organizations and charities in the metro area need volunteers. There are opportunities to help with Thanksgiving dinner, teach young children to read or deliver food to the elderly.
But the situation isn’t as rosy. The outbreak of COVID-19 is still affecting hundreds of volunteers, including long-time ones. If you are interested in contributing, you can donate here. However, many volunteers say they will continue to serve food to the homeless regardless of the consequences.
Free Hot Soup KC organizes picnics at four city parks for the homeless, where they distribute homemade meals. Locals have criticized the organization for violating the health department’s food safety rules. But Free Hot Soup says it won’t stop because of a violation of the law. It also says that it’s religious freedom.
The organization is also expanding the number of volunteer slots. There are about 20 volunteer slots for meal service on a weekday. Those wishing to volunteer can help set up the dining room before the doors open, prepare the meal, and serve it. After a meal, volunteers are expected to clean up the dining room. The volunteers’ efforts are helping those who need it the most.
The food pantry will operate in Kansas City three days a week. The food is handed out at the door. Other programs, such as furniture and clothing giveaways, will be suspended. In the meantime, volunteers say they will continue to serve food to the homeless.