Growing up, we were taught not to give money to homeless people we might encounter–who knows what they might do with it? Better to give food or blankets. While that lesson is generally a problematic one to be teaching to young children, now even distributing food to homeless people (through an organization or program) has been outlawed in 21 cities, while 10 cities have introduced similar legislation, according to a report released by the National Coalition for the Homeless.

“Cities’ hope is that restricting sharing of food will somehow make [the] homeless disappear and go away,” said Michael Stoops, director of community organizing for the coalition. “But I can promise you that even if these ordinances are adopted, it’s not going to get rid of homelessness.” [Read more] – Michael’s Blog