Township Threatens Pennsylvnia Woman with Fines for Feeding Kids
A Philadelphia woman who thought she was helping to solve a problem by arranging to feed low-income and needy children in her neighborhood a free lunch every day is facing a stiff $600 a day fine from local township officials who says she never received clearance for the food giveaway program, reports Fox News.
Angela Prattis, who insists she doesn’t make any money for offering the hungry children a nutritious luncheon, says she receives the food from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and serves it to whatever children show up at her backyard gazebo on a daily basis.
Some days she feeds as many as 60 kids, which annoyed a neighbor who reported her activities to the authorities.
Prattis told NBC Philadelphia she received a warning letter from Chester Township, ordering her to shut down or face a $600 fine.
“We’re talking about children,” Prattis said. “Children. It’s unbelievable. They’ve never once said anything to me in reference to what to do to be in the right standing with the township.”
Chester Township officials say that because Prattis lives in a residential neighborhood, she is not allowed to offer a free luncheon program on her property. Prattis would have to ask for a variance from the local zoning board to continue her program, which may cost as much as $1,000 in fees.
The program is funded by the state’s department of education and backed by the archdiocese of Philadelphia, but does not have approval for a residential zone.