Wesleyan 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.
Additional coverage of Health Department vs. Food Not Bombs:
- Middletown Eye: FNB Defies Health Dept. Cease and Desist Order
- Middletown Eye: Middletown Police Ticket Food Not Bombs
- Hartford IMC: Dozens Enjoy FNB Meal, Police Issue 2 Tickets
- Blargus: Viva Food Not Bombs!
[Photo by Ed McKeon at Middletown Eye News.]