Glenn Richter arrived at a West Side synagogue on Monday to collect surplus bagels — fresh nutritious bagels — to donate to the poor. However, under a new edict from Bloomberg’s food police he can no longer donate the food to city homeless shelters. It’s the “no bagels for you” edict…Richter has been collecting food from places like the Ohav Zedek synagogue and bringing it to homeless shelters for more than 20 years, but recently his donation, including a “cholent” or carrot stew, was turned away because the Bloomberg administration wants to monitor the salt, fat and fiber eaten by the homeless…
Mayor Bloomberg, a salt-aholic himself, was unapologetic. “For the things that we run because of all sorts of safety reasons, we just have a policy it is my understanding of not taking donations,” Bloomberg said. Told that his administration recently enacted the policy, the mayor was Grinch-like. “If they did in the past they shouldn’t have done it and we shouldn’t have accepted it,” Bloomberg said. Richter said that over the years he’s delivered more than two tons of food to the homeless.
Additional warning: you better not try to give baby formula to the homeless.