Soup Kitchen Director Receives Congressional Nod

Thursday, January 23, 2014
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Organic Soup Kitchen Executive Director Anthony Carroccio was awarded this week with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Representative Lois Capps for serving veterans ​— ​as well as seniors, families, and homeless people ​— ​with more than 1,500 fresh and local meals each week. Last year, Carroccio’s efforts served 600 meals per month at the Veterans Memorial Building, and in 2014, he plans to expand and offer a meal-delivery service for housebound vets. The nonprofit partners with other area charities and plans to serve 30,000 meals in 2014


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Sending meals to house-bound persons is admirable. Enabling vagrants to continue living on the streets is not. They need to refine their mission to help those in need, and stop pandering to those who choose inappropriate alternative lifestyles at the public's expense.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 9:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Foo is so Right. Everybody knows that all the hungry homeless choose their inappropriate alternative lifestyles that have nothing to do with age, bankruptcy, mental illness, post-traumatic stress, and drug addiction.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 9:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

There is a generous social safety net for the disabled, the mentally-impaired and the elderly. Choosing to live on the streets as an addict refusing to get help is a life style choice.

Enabling addicts to continue to making poor lifestyle choices helps no one. Help is there and if it takes bottoming out on one's own before turning to that help, the sooner bottom is reached the better.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 9:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Homeless Inc, those who make money off the system, are the first to demand homelessness never gets fixed because they themselves would be out of their jobs. Keep that in mind, when you read exaggerated and hostile responses to practical considerations.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 9:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How about all those tax dollars that went to subsidize Ty Warner's alternate lifestyle?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 11:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

ahh, dear foo, so in touch writing: "There is a generous social safety net for the disabled, the mentally-impaired and the elderly." This is all part of the hard right's campaign to swamp the 'net with their new Gilded Age argument: the poor are poor because they deserve it, and, oh yes, the wealthy are wealthy because they deserve it and worked harder. Thanks JA for the scornful sarcasm directed at foo's cruel worldview.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 12:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

By the way house-bound vets have thier drug and alcohol problems too.
So feeding and charity, no matter the case is considered an act of "enabling".

But when Beain%^^$#Babies are whining about "all the enabling they've done", you applaud like there's no tomorrow!

I call it "Keeping Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara".

touristunfriendly (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 12:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I support people blowing their brains out with booze and drugs in the privacy their own homes, on their own dime; but not on the streets or as a permanent lifestyle choice demanding public resources that enable them to continue making those same poor choices.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 7:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

and that's why no one give a rat's behind what you think!
by the way i just felt a raindrop...
God certainly has a sense of humor!

touristunfriendly (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 8:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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