In a brand new nanny state initiative that is perhaps his most asinine yet, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has blocked food donations to the city’s homeless—because they’re not healthy enough. He’s got a point: God knows it’s better to starve to death than to ingest all that fat in mayo, right?
In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services is mandated to oversee nutritional content of donated food. Since it’s impossible to assess serving sizes, salt, fat and calorie contents, fiber minimums and condiment recommendations—shelters are turning away good Samaritans.
According to The New York Daily News, Glenn Richter has led a team of food-delivery volunteers from his Upper West Side Orthodox congregation for more than a decade. Last month, employees at a local shelter turned away food he brought from a bar mitzvah. “This level of micromanagement is stunning,” he says. And as the Daily New surmises: “The Bloomberg administration is so obsessed with meddling in how we all live that it’s now eating away at the very best that New York citizens have to deliver.” How dare you, Mayor Mikie. Are you ever going to leave office? *