Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's the government and we're here to help!

William McGurn has an interesting and maddening story in today's Wall Street Journal about the decision by New Jersey to classify soup kitchens as a retail restaurants. (Yes, when I say "soup kitchen" I mean a place that gives out free food and is supported by volunteers and private donations.)  As a result of this new classification, the soup kitchen in Morristown, NJ, must comply with the same regulations as restaurants, increasing its costs by $150,000 per year (how many meals would that money have provided?).  It also means a ban on donations of home-cooked food (no home-made apple pie for you!). The McGurn article is available only to subscribers, so here's a column about the Morristown soup kitchen and its travails.