Downtown March Calls For More Meals at St. Francis House
Everyday the St. Francis House in Gainesville serves 130 meals, but some say that amount isn't nearly enough.
About 25 people took to the streets in a midday march calling for an increase in the number of meals served at the location. A city permit requires the number of meals to be capped at 130.
Various members of the group shared stories of homelessness and stressed the need to allow more meals to be served. Those who work at the house say it's hard to turn away individuals when the 130 mark is reached, but the law has to be followed.
"For us to have to do this it's heart breaking," said St. Francis House Executive Director Kent Van. "Because these folks are not coming here because it's the best food in town. They're coming here because there's a need for it."
The march was organized by the "Catholic Action Resource Exchange" or C.A.R.E.
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