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San Antonio chef ticketed $2,000 for feeding the homeless

The Week logo The Week 4/16/2015 Bonnie Kristian
It's a crime in San Antonio to feed the homeless. © It's a crime in San Antonio to feed the homeless.

Chef Joan Cheever serves high quality, healthy meals to the homeless people of San Antonio, Texas out of her food truck each week, a project she started in 2005. Though she's been running the "Chow Train" for years, local police recently slammed Cheever with a ticket carrying a fine of up to $2,000 because she brought prepared meals to the feeding location in a pick-up truck, take-out style:

There will be a candlelight vigil tonight at 8 pm in Maverick Park (Broadway and Jones) -- aka the scene of "the crime"...

Posted by The Chow Train on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

As the court date to contest the ticket approaches, Cheever is considering mounting a religious freedom defense, citing laws very similar to the RFRA, which caused so much controversy in Indiana this spring. "This is how I pray," she says, "when I cook this food and deliver it to the people who are less fortunate."

In the meantime, Cheever will continue to serve weekly meals in spite of the ticket.


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