ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis street ministry is being forced to stop feeding the homeless, at least for now.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the city Health Department on Monday told organizers of the ministry known as Churches on the Streets that it doesn’t have a permit to serve hot food.
The edict came a day after the ministry was featured in a page 1 Post-Dispatch story. Churches on the Streets has been provided home-cooked meals, clothing and supplies to the homeless for more than a year. Organizers thought they didn’t need a permit because members had been meeting on private property.
Pat Mahoney of the Health Department says pre-packaged meals can be distributed without a permit, but not hot food.