Pa. township: Free food for kids a zoning problem
CHESTER, Pa. - August 15, 2012 (WPVI) -- A southeastern Pennsylvania woman who hands out free food to children in her neighborhood has to apply for a zoning variance to continue her program next summer.
Church youth director Angela Prattis says she had run the meal program from her church for three years before she began feeding about 60 kids in front of her Delaware County home this summer after having a baby.
Officials in Chester Township initially threatened Prattis with fines of $600 per day but she says they withdrew the fines after news organizations began asking questions.
Township Manager William Piserik says nobody is against the program but Prattis needs a zoning variance.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia supplies food through a state program. It says about 450 people hand out food from homes or churches in the Philadelphia area.
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