First it was Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to ban the sale
of large sugary drinks in New York City, and then it was new
dietary guidelines used for city-run hospitals. Now, Bloomberg's
decrees are keeping desperately needed food away from Hurricane
Thousands of people still remain homeless in New York City since
Hurricane Sandy ravaged The Big Apple. But now, Mayor Bloomberg's
ban on food donations to homeless shelters, issued in March, is directly impacting
Cherylyn Harley LeBon is co-chair of Project 21, the black leadership group of The
National Center for Public Policy Research. She laments this
"Although he passed this in March, it's become even more
relevant and sort of crucial, because we have images and we see
people dumpster-diving," LeBon relays.
"I mean, people are really suffering. In fact just this morning,
someone on Fox was in Staten Island saying I can't send my kids
back to school because we have no hot water; we have no heat.
People are not even functioning with the basic necessities of
LeBon further suggests that regardless of sodium and fiber
content, which concerns Bloomberg, non-perishable food items can be
the difference between life and death in crisis situations.
"I think that Mayor Bloomberg just does not have the right
priorities," the Project 21 co-chair offers. "In an effort to be
PC, he's once again moving the citizens of New York City down this
nanny state path."
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeless Services has stood by
Bloomberg's food policing initiative.