Fined for Feeding Needy Children?
For weeks Angela Prattis has run a free lunch program in the Toby Farms community of Chester Township.
As many as 60 children a day receive a free sandwich, fruit and milk during the summer.
The program is funded by the state’s Department of Education and administered by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia which drops off the boxed lunches daily.
Prattis said she received a letter telling her that she needs a variance to run the program in the residential area.
“It’s a letter stating, ‘shut it down or face a $600 fine,'” Prattis said.
“Apparently the township has said there was one more hurdle that she had to jump from their point of view,” said Anne Ayella, of the Archdiocese. “But from our point of view she’s done everything right.”
“We’re talking about children,” Prattis said. “Children. It’s unbelievable. They’ve never once said anything to me in reference to what to do to be in the right standing with the township.”
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