NEWARK — At dusk the converted school bus pulled up to the little park as it does every Friday evening, and a line began to form. A man with a clipboard made his way down the line taking names and asking questions: "You need any socks or hygiene kits tonight? Anything I can pray for?" Then came the main event: Volunteers in the bus, run by a group called City Relief, handed each waiting person a cup of hot vegetable soup, two big rolls and a cup of hot chocolate. Among the regulars waiting here, at Peter Francisco Park behind Newark Penn Station, the news that city officials plan to make it harder to give food to homeless people did not go over well. "I think it's wrong," Olivia Fontana, 40, who has lived in a shelter for the past year, said earlier this month as she waited on the soup line, which typically feeds about 60 people. "People need to eat." A few days before Thanksgiving, the city sent out an email to churches and relief organizations announcing that it was prohibiting feeding homeless people in public places, including parks and the train station. After inquiries from The New… Read full this story
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