Mara Shlackman

Sharing Food With The Homeless Is Not A Crime--It's A First Amendment Right

Sharing Food With The Homeless Is Not A Crime--It's A First Amendment Right

The Court recognized the significance of food sharing throughout history: “Like the flag, the significance of sharing meals with others dates back millennia.” The Court found that Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs was clearly engaged in more than a “picnic in a park” and had instead established “an intent to ‘express[] an idea through activity.’” The Court concluded that Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs is engaged in protected expression when it shares food outdoors in public parks.