Target: The Chester Township of Pennsylvania
Goal: Support a charitable woman’s efforts to alleviate hunger in her low-income neighborhood.
For three summers, Angela Prattis of Philadelphia has distributed free lunches to the low-income children living in her neighborhood. Despite her charity work, she was recently warned by her township that she would be fined a $600-a-day penalty for feeding the children next summer. Angela Prattis should not be forced to pay her township for her efforts to eliminate hunger in her community.
Angela should be commended for her commitment to serving her community by feeding hungry children. Using meals supplied from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, she is able to feed up to sixty children per day throughout the summer months. She works alone and is not compensated for her time. She fulfills requirements to document her actions through paperwork and weekly reports, and also coordinates her activities with a state worker. However, when her township recently found out about her charity work, they issued a warning based on the fact that Angela was distributing the meals from her property. The township wants Angela to pay $1000 for a permit to feed the children, or face a fine of $600 for each day she distributes meals. The township is unwilling to change its position and is also unwilling to work with Angela to see how she can change her program to avoid being fined.
The Chester Township of Pennsylvania should not penalize Angela for her efforts to improve her community. Instead of fining her, it should provide a free zoning permit and work with Angela to improve her program so that it can alleviate the hunger of more children in the community.
Dear Chester Township of Pennsylvania,
Your officials reprimanded Angela Prattis for her charitable efforts to alleviate hunger among children in her neighborhood. Despite her compliance with her program’s regulations, you felt that distributing the meals from her home was inappropriate and deemed it an opportunity to fine Angela $600 per day if she continues her activities in the future.
Although Angela was distributing the food from her home, which is in violation of your township’s residential zoning regulations, you are unwilling to work with her to keep her program running. Instead, you have told her that she must pay for an outrageously expensive permit or face even greater fines. Chester Township should waive administration fees for the required zoning permit so that Angela can continue to serve her community. Angela should not be forced to pay fines for alleviating hunger. She should instead be commended for her commitment to bettering the lives of families in her neighborhood.
[Your Name Here]
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