Health Department fines Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs fined by City of MiddletownWesleyan student group Food Not Bombs, after months of defying a cease and desist order from the Middletown Health Department, has been fined for continuing to serve food on Main Street in violation of city health ordinances.

Members of Food Not Bombs, who prepare vegetarian meals for the Middletown community using food that would otherwise have gone to waste, were approached by Health Department Sanitarian Manfred Rehm and three officers of the Middletown Police Department at their weekly meal yesterday. An officer cited Michelle Markowitz ’10 and Middletown resident Fred Carroll for serving food to the public without a permit, issuing them fines of at least $100.

According to Blargus writer and Food Not Bombs member Jonathon Booth ’12, the group has taken steps to comply with local health regulations and plans to continue their 12-year old tradition of serving food at the corner of Main Street and Liberty Street, Sundays at 12:45 PM.

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[Photo by Ed McKeon at Middletown Eye News.]

42 thoughts on “Health Department fines Food Not Bombs

  1. Anon

    What Steps have been taken to comply with the Health Department?
    I went and read Jon Booth’s article on the Blargus and didn’t see what FNB had actually done to comply. My understanding is that the citation was based on cooking in a licensed kitchen, which they could easily do but have not.

  2. Anon

    What Steps have been taken to comply with the Health Department?
    I went and read Jon Booth’s article on the Blargus and didn’t see what FNB had actually done to comply. My understanding is that the citation was based on cooking in a licensed kitchen, which they could easily do but have not.

  3. Anon

    What Steps have been taken to comply with the Health Department?
    I went and read Jon Booth’s article on the Blargus and didn’t see what FNB had actually done to comply. My understanding is that the citation was based on cooking in a licensed kitchen, which they could easily do but have not.

  4. Anonymous

    dude whos worried about getting sick from food not bombs? if youre so worried dont eat it

    but watch out for the fuckin swine flu!

  5. Anonymous

    dude whos worried about getting sick from food not bombs? if youre so worried dont eat it

    but watch out for the fuckin swine flu!

  6. Anonymous

    dude whos worried about getting sick from food not bombs? if youre so worried dont eat it

    but watch out for the fuckin swine flu!

  7. Rachel

    unfortunately, we can’t get a permit because it would prohibit us from doing what we do. the whole point of food redistribution is that we use food that is perfectly safe for consumption, but no longer has any economic value. to the health department, if food has no economic value, it therefore has no nutritional value. fnb operates outside of that concept, which is why a permit isn’t an option.

    we eat the food ourselves, so there’s no incentive to serve anything unsafe.

    no one has ever gotten sick from fnb food, as far as I know

    @ 4 and 5:50, another question: how is fnb any different from a potluck in the park? or a student group bakesale? at what point does it become inappropriate for government to regulate food?

  8. Rachel

    unfortunately, we can’t get a permit because it would prohibit us from doing what we do. the whole point of food redistribution is that we use food that is perfectly safe for consumption, but no longer has any economic value. to the health department, if food has no economic value, it therefore has no nutritional value. fnb operates outside of that concept, which is why a permit isn’t an option.

    we eat the food ourselves, so there’s no incentive to serve anything unsafe.

    no one has ever gotten sick from fnb food, as far as I know

    @ 4 and 5:50, another question: how is fnb any different from a potluck in the park? or a student group bakesale? at what point does it become inappropriate for government to regulate food?

  9. Rachel

    unfortunately, we can’t get a permit because it would prohibit us from doing what we do. the whole point of food redistribution is that we use food that is perfectly safe for consumption, but no longer has any economic value. to the health department, if food has no economic value, it therefore has no nutritional value. fnb operates outside of that concept, which is why a permit isn’t an option.

    we eat the food ourselves, so there’s no incentive to serve anything unsafe.

    no one has ever gotten sick from fnb food, as far as I know

    @ 4 and 5:50, another question: how is fnb any different from a potluck in the park? or a student group bakesale? at what point does it become inappropriate for government to regulate food?

  10. Anonymous

    @ 4:00

    Amen. there are SANITATION rules that are there to be FOLLOWED. just because you have good intentions doesnt mean you can skirt the rules. get a fucking permit

  11. Anonymous

    @ 4:00

    Amen. there are SANITATION rules that are there to be FOLLOWED. just because you have good intentions doesnt mean you can skirt the rules. get a fucking permit

  12. Anonymous

    @ 4:00

    Amen. there are SANITATION rules that are there to be FOLLOWED. just because you have good intentions doesnt mean you can skirt the rules. get a fucking permit

  13. Anonymous

    @3:22

    Oh, well if it’s not Wes students who are being uppity, then it’s okay to support them.

    (I know this isn’t what you were saying at all, but anyone whose views are affected by your post should rethink how they choose who to support).

    I’m glad to see a club that has Wes students and Middletown residents working together. There should be more of that.

  14. Anonymous

    @3:22

    Oh, well if it’s not Wes students who are being uppity, then it’s okay to support them.

    (I know this isn’t what you were saying at all, but anyone whose views are affected by your post should rethink how they choose who to support).

    I’m glad to see a club that has Wes students and Middletown residents working together. There should be more of that.

  15. Anonymous

    @3:22

    Oh, well if it’s not Wes students who are being uppity, then it’s okay to support them.

    (I know this isn’t what you were saying at all, but anyone whose views are affected by your post should rethink how they choose who to support).

    I’m glad to see a club that has Wes students and Middletown residents working together. There should be more of that.

  16. Anonymous

    Food regulations exist to protect the public health. If they’re distributing food on public property, then they’re subject to health regulations–without any oversight, there’s a serious risk of public health issues.

  17. Anonymous

    Food regulations exist to protect the public health. If they’re distributing food on public property, then they’re subject to health regulations–without any oversight, there’s a serious risk of public health issues.

  18. Anonymous

    Food regulations exist to protect the public health. If they’re distributing food on public property, then they’re subject to health regulations–without any oversight, there’s a serious risk of public health issues.

  19. Nick

    I guess the question in Middletown’s eye would be, how would you/Middletown be held responsible if, say, your food was tainted with salmonella or e-coli?

  20. Nick

    I guess the question in Middletown’s eye would be, how would you/Middletown be held responsible if, say, your food was tainted with salmonella or e-coli?

  21. Nick

    I guess the question in Middletown’s eye would be, how would you/Middletown be held responsible if, say, your food was tainted with salmonella or e-coli?

  22. Anonymous

    fnb is NOT a wesleyan-sponsored student group by any means. it is an open and anti-hierarchical collective. anyone can cook anyone can eat.

    thus i think you should put up a picture of the yummy multi-course veggie meal instead!

    <3 michele

  23. Anonymous

    fnb is NOT a wesleyan-sponsored student group by any means. it is an open and anti-hierarchical collective. anyone can cook anyone can eat.

    thus i think you should put up a picture of the yummy multi-course veggie meal instead!

    <3 michele

  24. Anonymous

    fnb is NOT a wesleyan-sponsored student group by any means. it is an open and anti-hierarchical collective. anyone can cook anyone can eat.

    thus i think you should put up a picture of the yummy multi-course veggie meal instead!

    <3 michele

  25. Anonymous

    One correction: Middletown Food Not Bombs is not and has never been a Wesleyan student group. The group was founded by non-Wes Middletown residents, receives 0 money from the University and includes many non-Wes members. This is not a case of uppity Wes kids vs Middletown.

  26. Anonymous

    One correction: Middletown Food Not Bombs is not and has never been a Wesleyan student group. The group was founded by non-Wes Middletown residents, receives 0 money from the University and includes many non-Wes members. This is not a case of uppity Wes kids vs Middletown.

  27. Anonymous

    One correction: Middletown Food Not Bombs is not and has never been a Wesleyan student group. The group was founded by non-Wes Middletown residents, receives 0 money from the University and includes many non-Wes members. This is not a case of uppity Wes kids vs Middletown.

  28. Jon Booth

    Come out to food not bombs next sunday at 1245pm at the corner of liberty and main!

    help cook at 11am at eclectic

    we’ll share delicious food and good conversation!

    and just so everyone knows, our political agenda is redistribution of food.

    free food and free speech

  29. Jon Booth

    Come out to food not bombs next sunday at 1245pm at the corner of liberty and main!

    help cook at 11am at eclectic

    we’ll share delicious food and good conversation!

    and just so everyone knows, our political agenda is redistribution of food.

    free food and free speech

  30. Jon Booth

    Come out to food not bombs next sunday at 1245pm at the corner of liberty and main!

    help cook at 11am at eclectic

    we’ll share delicious food and good conversation!

    and just so everyone knows, our political agenda is redistribution of food.

    free food and free speech

  31. Anonymous

    this is outrageous…feeding hungry people is now a crime. “if we can’t give hungry people impeccably prepared high quality food, hell, we might as well just keep them hungry, and while we’re at it, we’ll fine the people who think that hunger is a bad thing.”

    this pisses me off more than the Fountain Avenue incident. nice.

  32. Anonymous

    this is outrageous…feeding hungry people is now a crime. “if we can’t give hungry people impeccably prepared high quality food, hell, we might as well just keep them hungry, and while we’re at it, we’ll fine the people who think that hunger is a bad thing.”

    this pisses me off more than the Fountain Avenue incident. nice.

  33. Anonymous

    this is outrageous…feeding hungry people is now a crime. “if we can’t give hungry people impeccably prepared high quality food, hell, we might as well just keep them hungry, and while we’re at it, we’ll fine the people who think that hunger is a bad thing.”

    this pisses me off more than the Fountain Avenue incident. nice.

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