Everyone complains about the homeless. OB merchants, local residents, … you name the group and there is grumbling galore about those without a home who dot our beachside community.
One person is doing something about it. Lupe Haley is a cancer survivor and believes deeply in Jesus Christ. She has been answering his call to feed the needy for the past 22 years. Every Monday for all those years, Lupe comes down to Saratoga Park and sets up a food line where she literally dishes out food for the dozens of homeless people who show up.
In April FOX News Channel 5 did a story about her work. The very next Monday, Lupe showed up as usual – but this time there was a different ending. She was stopped by police who threatened to cite and even arrest her for not having the proper permits.
A police spokesman said they are just following the law and want to prevent anyone from eating food that is contaminated. San Diego Police Sgt. Randy Levitt told a reporter:
“Part of our job is to make sure people don’t get unnecessarily sick from food that hasn’t been prepared properly. That’s one of the issues here today is a lady in all good intention is trying to serve and trying to help the homeless but there’s health code issues here that we’re aware of and we have to be careful about.”
Normally, Lupe told a reporter, these folks are eating out of dumpsters.
Lupe vowed to follow her conscience and even told the cop: “Arrest me! Arrest me!”
Lupe has also promised to go back to the County Health Department and obtain the proper permit. She had already been to the County department but keeps getting permits that are not accepted by the police.
Here is the latest from FOX News:
Cops stop woman from feeding homeless
By Erica Fox / FOX News / May 17, 2010
An Ocean Beach woman, who has been feeding the homeless for 22 years, was shut down Monday for not having the proper permit.
Fox 5 News featured Lupe Haley in April serving the homeless at Saratoga Park. She has been feeding the needy in Ocean Beach for over two decades and never missed a Monday, not even one. The Monday after the story aired, San Diego Police showed up and told Haley she needed a permit to serve the food.
“This is not right! This is not right!” Haley shouted standing next to her truck full of food for the homeless.
Haley said she went to the health department and got a permit like she was told. The following Monday though she said officers told her it was the wrong permit. She said she went back to the county and was assured she had the correct permit. This Monday, officers were waiting at Saratoga Park. They told her once again, the permit she has is not the correct one. Haley told officers she planned to feed the homeless there anyway. She was told by one officer she would be arrested.
“Arrest me! Arrest me!” she yelled at the officer. “Take me to jail! I’m not doing nothing wrong.”
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Here is the first story FOX News ran on Lupe Haley:
Local woman helping the homeless for 22 years
By Erica Fox / FOX News 5 / April 26, 2010
OCEAN BEACH, Calif. – A local woman whose been helping the homeless for more than two decades isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. For Lupe Haley, cooking is crucial.
“I love two things in life to eat and sleep,” laughed Haley from inside her kitchen.
It’s not just the mixing and marinating the creating and covering but rather what she does with the meal when she’s done.
“I love to cook really I do because food is life and that’s the reason I bring God’s blessings to Ocean Beach,” she said.
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Editor: Haley Lupe pays for the meals out of pocket and it gets expensive. If you’d like to help her mission you can send money to the Lupe Haley Christian Ministry at 4246½ 34th Street, San Diego, CA 92104.