Keeping the Homeless Healthy
This pre-Thanksgiving story in the New York edition of Metro International has drawn a fair amount of attention:
When a small church comes to the Bowery Mission bearing fried chicken with trans fat, unwittingly breaking the law, they're told "thank you." Then workers quietly chuck the food, mission director Tom Bastile said.
"It's always hard for us to do," Basile said. "We know we have to do it." . . .
The city's law banishing trans fat took effect in July 2008 and touched everyone with Health Department food licenses–including emergency food providers.
Most of the commentary has been to the effect that this is an example of the nanny state run amok. We suppose it is, but the nanny state ran amok in New York long ago, and we see no reason why street vagrants should be allowed pleasures that are denied to those of us who work for a living