First and foremost, the city wants to ensure that homeless individuals have sufficient wholesome food to meet their needs. Because of the previous lack of coordination, too much food was distributed on weekend mornings to certain locations over-serving a group of people while no food was available at other times of the day and days of the week. Hopefully, enough organizations will register and, through coordination, we can improve the safety and availability of more food for the homeless.
Outdoor food service operations should be an additional opportunity to assist a homeless person to access services that may enable them to acquire housing, treatment, training or any other service that could improve their life.
The city also has an obligation to reduce the frequently negative aspects of outdoor food service operations such as litter, waste and congestion. Participants in the voluntary registration program commit to manage their litter, and coordination will expand the availability of food delivery locations.