Feeding the Homeless in Raleigh, North Carolina Could Get You Arrested

Crystal Shepeard
Aug 28, 2013

Every weekend, Love Wins Ministries in Raleigh, North Carolina has distributed hot coffee and breakfast sandwiches at a local park. It is part of the small ministry’s mission to help the homeless and have kept up the tradition for six years.

On Saturday, August 24, they arrived as usual with more than 100 sausage biscuits and coffee. As they prepared to hand them out to the more than 70 people waiting, an officer from the Raleigh Police Department stopped the group from distributing the food. According to founding Pastor Hugh Hollowell, “An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested.”

This came as a surprise to the ministry and its church partners. It was the first time in the six years of feeding the homeless that they were ever informed that what they were doing was illegal. When they asked what ordinance they were violating, the officer was either unable or unwilling to let them know.



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