Saturday, December 02, 2006

Homemade Meals Approved

Fairfax County does something right:
Fire up those ovens! The casserole is back.

The chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors yesterday nixed plans to bar residents from cooking food in home and church kitchens and donating it to homeless shelters. He blamed overzealous county employees for a policy that made Fairfax the subject of nationwide ridicule....

In dozens of comments on the Washington Post's Web site, readers vented indignation over the ban on home-cooked food, calling it "idiocy," the product of a "bungling bureaucracy" and accusing the county of trying to block the faith community's efforts to help the poor....
For as long as I can remember, local churches in Fairfax County have provided delicious homemade meals for those less-advantaged. In fact, during the Thanksgiving/Christmas seasons, such service has traditionally been a large part of local custom, also involving the serving of the food by schoolchildren.

Fairfax County deserved national ridicule on this one. But if objections had not been voiced, those homemade meals would've been scrapped. For my own part, I'd rather eat a meal prepared by the Church of the Brethren than my own cooking!

9 Comments:

At 12/02/2006 8:06 AM, Blogger Raven said...

Good for them...why take away the very few things in the lives of these people- things that mean something! Folks should send a TY to the Board of Supervisors.

 
At 12/02/2006 8:13 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

And those church ladies can cook too! A good, hot, tasty home cooked meal lifts spirits and softens hearts! I wonder how many people in bad situations eat something that reminds them of good times and decide to go home? Institutional food leaves much to be desired, you feel like you're cattle in a feedlot. Homecooked says,"I care."
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

 
At 12/02/2006 8:26 AM, Blogger Ogre said...

But keep in mind what really happened here: they did NOT change the rules, regulations or laws. Instead, this supervisor simple directed his people to IGNORE the current laws. So the next supervisor can decide if he wants to enforce these very same laws at any time. What a damn load.

 
At 12/02/2006 9:28 AM, Blogger nanc said...

when my eldest daughter worked at kfc in high school - they could not give the food that had been under the timers too long to the homeless hobos (we were in a railroad town), nor could they bring it home. so, she'd bag it up nicely and put it on TOP of the dumpsters - it would go missing inside an hour and definitely be gone before morning.

as far as i know, most of the fast food type restaurants practiced this.

you see, if they'd outrightly given it away and someone became ill - they could sue kfc. too many lawsuits today.

homemade goodies are a thing of the past at school also.

 
At 12/02/2006 9:47 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

So far, this hasn't even been an issue where I'm at. We feed people homecooked meals from my Church all the time. We open the church to the public for Thanksgiving dinner, so anyone who wants to can come in a celebrate Thanksgiving at no charge.

The article said "The crackdown came after the county health department received a complaint about home-cooked food being served to the homeless." What the article didn't say is who complained and why did they complain? One person makes a complaint and the county makes a law depriving people of food? It's just too stupid for words!

 
At 12/02/2006 11:23 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

What was the complaint about? Didn't they like the green bean cassarole?

Geez, no good deed goes unpunished. I'm glad that, at least for now, this stupid law has been pushed under the rug.

 
At 12/02/2006 8:59 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Fairfax County has so many regulations that we residents are tied into knots.

Ogre,
But keep in mind what really happened here: they did NOT change the rules, regulations or laws. Instead, this supervisor simple directed his people to IGNORE the current laws. So the next supervisor can decide if he wants to enforce these very same laws at any time....

You're right. And as far as I know, not a single news story has pointed out that important detail.

And I'll go a step further. Connolly concerns himself with one thing--getting votes. He saw the outcry about this "dangerous food" and took the vote-getting position.

YOUR POST on the intrusion of Fairfax County's policies is excellent, BTW. I hope that other readers here will take a look at what you had to say.

 
At 12/03/2006 12:26 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Nice post AOW..I used to do the cooking in a soup kitchen here too!

 
At 12/03/2006 11:17 AM, Blogger City Troll said...

I used to work the food line on holidays growing up, you have to give to get...

 

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