Lunch lady Angela Prattis has been kind enough to give away free lunches to poor children in her Pennsylvania neighborhood this past summer. But instead of being commended for her generosity, she faces a fine of $600 for violating zoning laws. She also faces a fee of $1,000 if she continues to feed the children in her neighborhood. Now that's just shameful.
Prattis "was told that she needed a township zoning permit to continue to give out free lunches outside her home," which would cost her $1,000. Yep, you read that correctly. Even though this woman has been generous enough to feed hungry children, they expect her to pay a fee to continue doing it. There's something definitely wrong with this picture.
In addition to being a lunch lady and youth pastor, Prattis is a trained volunteer with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Nutritional Development Services, which supplies the food she gives away. Although the people in her community offered to pay the $1,000 fee, she has not taken the money because she is hoping the fee will be waived.
Chester Township's acting solicitor, Murray Eckell, said that the reason Prattis is facing a fine and fee is because handing out lunches to children in her neighborhood comes with problems like kids getting injured on her property and getting food poisoning. Although these types of things can happen, it's no reason to fine the poor lady. She was just trying to better the lives of the children in her neighborhood. The township is just making excuses so that they can gouge more money out of Prattis.