Local church group feels targeted
A local church group says it is being unfairly targeted after it was asked to leave downtown during a charity food handout Saturday.
Around 7 p.m. Macon police say they were called to remove the group because they did not have the proper permits to give away food. A spokesperson for the Ye Darm Church said it has been handing food out to the homeless and poor people in the area the last two years on Poplar Street without any problems. People in the church said they are being unfairly targeted because another group gives food away on Thursday nights and has not been asked to leave the area.
They say in the last three weeks police have approached them twice stating they don’t have the proper papers for handing out food. Macon Police spokesperson Jami Gaudet says according to the Georgia Food Code, a person cannot sell or give away food without a permit from the Bibb County Health Department.