Illegal Feeding

Jessica Cross, 24, Benjamin Markeson, 49, and Jonathan “Keith” McHenry, 54, were arrested Wednesday night at Lake Eola during a mass feeding for the homeless.

The three are part of the group Food Not Bombs, which continues to hold regular feedings for the homeless despite a city ordinance that only allows two mass feedings per year.

Orlando Food Not Bombs has been feeding breakfast on Mondays and dinner on Wednesdays to the homeless for five years while engaged in a court battle over the ordinance, group spokesman Douglas Coleman said.

The group lost the court case in April, allowing the city to begin enforcing the ordinance.

“They basically carted them off to jail for feeding hungry people,” Coleman said. “For them to regulate a time and place for free speech and to share food, that is unacceptable.”

Police waited until everyone was served to make the arrests, he said.

(Orland Sentinel)