Churches in Birmingham, Ala. can no longer feed the homeless, thanks to a new city law regulating food trucks.
The law began on Jan. 1, but when it was passed in December 2013 there was no mention of churches feeding the homeless, according to AL.com.
However, Birmingham police now claim the law not only affects food trucks, but any food vehicles.
“That makes me so mad,” Pastor Rick Wood, of the Lords House of Prayer, told ABC 3340 (video below).
“These people are hungry. They’re starving," added Pastor Wood. "They need help from people. They can’t afford to buy something from a food truck.”
The new law was supposed to protect businesses from competition (also known as free market capitalism) posed by food trucks.
By requiring the new food truck permit, some food trucks are priced out of the market, as are charitable churches.
“I’m just so totally shocked that the city is turning their back on the homeless like this,” said Pastor Wood. “It’s like they want to chase them out of the city. And the homeless can’t help the position they’re in. They need help.”