Bloomberg: Donated food not good enough in New York City

You see, the government is the only group that is qualified enough to cook and provide food at facilities service New York Cities homeless.

You’re donations are no longer wanted or needed … your food is crap.

In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.

DHS Commissioner Seth Diamond says the ban on food donations is consistent with Mayor Bloomberg’s emphasis on improving nutrition for all New Yorkers. A new interagency document controls what can be served at facilities — dictating serving sizes as well as salt, fat and calorie contents, plus fiber minimums and condiment recommendations.

The city also cites food-safety issues with donations, but it’s clear that the real driver behind the ban is the Bloomberg dietary diktats.

This is all part of the “government has to do something and government is the answer” culture we now have. Congratulations, this is your nanny state.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. SoundOffSister on March 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    What a shame.?
    With less food for the needy due to the absence of donated food, there will be more in need of food.
    Did I miss somethiung?

  2. GdavidH on March 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Idiot, blind fool liberals voted in this man, with the help of a lot of normal people who actually thought his “independant” status meant he was normal.
    Think you know what it means? Look it up. You will be amused.?

  3. Tim-in-Alabama on March 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Bloomberg is a petty dictator.

  4. Murphy on March 20, 2012 at 8:58 am


  5. Sad4CT on March 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Give me a break…? I think drugs and alcohol are a bigger threat to the health and well being of many of the homeless than a bagel with what someone has deemed to contain too much sodium and not enough fiber…

  6. johnboy111 on March 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    but at least NY will have micro-stamped ammo…the real problems are being solved??

  7. ricbee on March 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    NYC willingly submitted to their dictator,Blomberg.

  8. Lynn on March 21, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Even Bob Beckel is disgusted with this Liberal act!

  9. JBS on March 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Every Thanksgiving our church sponsors a full dinner at the local tech school. The local shelter does not serve a dinner on Thanksgiving. With me so far? Some of the shelter staff volunteer at the school to cook and serve the dinner. Still with me? Any leftovers, full pans of turkey, stuffing, veggies, potatoes and gravy, along with apple, cherry, pumpkin and mince pies, CANNOT be taken to the shelter to serve there.
    Go figure!

  10. Sad4CT on March 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    @JBS…? For government logic, that makes perfect sense.

  11. Dimsdale on March 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Donated = not under gov’t control.?? Gotta keep the poor appreciative (and poor)!
    ’nuff said.


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