New York mayor Michael Bloomberg wages war on “unhealthy” food. New York is considering limits on salt and already has banned serving trans fat in restaurants. The ban extends to soup kitchens for the homeless, reports Metro.
When a small church comes to the Bowery Mission bearing fried chicken with trans fat, unwittingly breaking the law, they’re told “thank you.” Then workers quietly chuck the food, mission director Tom Bastile said.
“It’s always hard for us to do,” Basile said. “We know we have to do it.”
The Food Police might object, so they throw away perfectly good food. But because the need is so great, some shelters look the other way.
A Manhattan deli going out of business delivered a pickup truck’s worth of lettuce, sundried tomatoes, hamburgers, sausages and other food to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen last week.
With 1,400 meals to serve daily, Operations Manager Michael Ottley was extremely grateful. He didn’t check the trans fat content of the food.
The rules, however, don't apply to the mayor. The New York Times reports Bloomberg has a taste for the foods he'd deny others.
He dumps salt on almost everything, even saltine crackers. He devours burnt bacon and peanut butter sandwiches. He has a weakness for hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and fried chicken, washing them down with a glass of merlot.
But that’s okay. He’s a politician.