90-year-old Arnold Abbott Arrested For Feeding The Homeless In Fort Lauderdale

It did not take long for the city of Fort Lauderdale to make good on the promise to criminally charge those who violate a new ordinance that effectively outlaws...
"I fully believe that I am my brother's keeper. Love they neighbor as thy self," he says.

His only crime? Feeding the homeless

“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:35,40

It did not take long for the city of Fort Lauderdale to make good on the promise to criminally charge those who violate a new ordinance that effectively outlaws groups from feeding the homeless in public.

On Sunday the city charged three people, including two ministers and a 90-year-old homeless advocate, and they could face up to 60 days in jail for their crime. 90-year-old Arnold Abbott prepares hundreds of meals each week for the homeless in the kitchen of the Sanctuary Church.


“I fully believe that I am my brother’s keeper. Love they neighbor as thy self,” he says.

But Abbott’s work now has him in trouble with the law.

He faces possible jail time and a $500 fine for feeding the homeless after he was charged Sunday with violating a new ordinance that virtually outlaws groups from sharing food with the hungry in the city.

Abbott recalls, “One of police officers came over and said ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as if I was carrying a weapon.”

Also charged was a minister from Coral Springs and Sanctuary Church pastor, Wayne Black.

Pastor Black says, “We believe very strongly that Jesus taught us that we are to feed his sheep.” Mayor Jack Seiler warned arrests were coming, “We enforce the laws here in Fort Lauderdale.”

Back in 1999 Abbott sued the city for banning him from feeding homeless on beach, a lawsuit he won.

Abbott says, “I’m going to have to go to court again to sue the city of Fort Lauderdale, the beautiful city. These are the poorest of the poor. They have nothing. Don’t have a roof over their head, and who could turn them away?”

Abbott plans on firing up his stoves again on Wednesday when he has another food sharing plan for the beach. He says he doesn’t want to be arrested but he’s prepared for the possibility.

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  • Mario

    And this is what is wrong with this nation, police should be use against criminal not against those who are feeding the poor and homeless. This is a sick day for Fort Lauderdale. Sad the nation of the free has become a police nation.

    • SammiD

      Don’t just sit there and complain, DO SOMETHING!

      Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler
      954-828-5003 or e-mail at jack.seiler@fortlauderdale.gov.

      Vice Mayor / Commissioner Romney Rogers
      954-828-5004 or e-mail at RRogers@fortlauderdale.gov.

      Commissioner Bruce G. Roberts
      954-828-5004 or e-mail at BRoberts@fortlauderdale.gov.

      Email or call this mayor and let him know that he is wrong.
      FLOOD their offices with emails and phone calls!

      • Carole Reed Talbert

        thank you for this info and believe you me we’re using it!!! ~♡~

  • Weezie

    What a wonderful man…a disgrace to arrest him.
    It is a sad situation that in America such a good-hearted man should be
    punished for doing good…But God is pleased with Mr. Arnold Abbott. God
    Bless him.

  • Josh Taylor

    What a typical way for the left’s agenda of voluntary human extinction, starve people to death.

  • John

    This is how persecution of God’s true followers takes shape in America. Make a law the compassionate one’s will violate for conscience sake and then arrest them. It’s all about conditioning certain groups not to buck the system. Meanwhile convicted felons from south of the border our intentionally let loose on our society…

  • randy palmer

    When the Lord is with us who can stand against us,may the Lord move in a mighty Way on this.

    • STL

      Diane: In North Carolina Fema is picking up all homeless, and their disappearing!

  • Heather

    Isaiah 5 :20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

    Another one of the many signs that we are living in the last days. The Lord’s “Woe” IS COMING!
    Pray for this 90 yr old loving Christian man. God bless him.

    • STL

      Heather: Look at your own state, the City of Columbia all the homeless are disappearing?

      • Heather

        STL I don’t live in SC. But this kind of stuff is happening all over. I think Dan,(see below) is spot on.

  • dan

    This law is in effect in many other places as well. Seems to make no sense that U.S. citizens are arrested for helping, feeding, and housing other American citizens, While the Government subsidies to those who offer the same to illegal immigrants. But there is a reason for it. I wonder if it might be in pre-preparation for the Tribulation. Those who refuse to take the ‘sign of the beast’ will obviously be killed if they’re caught , and those of them whom are not captured will be homeless and jobless. Even those who own their homes will not be able to pay their property tax and thus will be caught, unless they abandon their homes before taxes are due. just a thought

    • Ed straub

      The reason is that they don’t want these ministers and good people to proclaim the Gospel to these needy people. If they would just feed the poor and not us God’s name, the santanic world would not bother them…

      • Carole Reed Talbert

        Amen that’s the gospel truth…but as you see the coming of our Lord and Savior is so near!!Our Christian community should be outraged at this and rise up…whether it be Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic,Nazarene,all believers in Jesus…they’re going to say is that we are the legalistics, pedophiles,the “bad” people of this world…but they cannot see because they are blinded…please come swiftly of the Lord Jesus! Sister ~Carolé~

  • When the famine arrives, those who denied the homeless something to eat will then understand. My people die for lack of knowledge. Ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. We must all prepare with food, water, blankets, heat sources (wood stoves are preferable) with cords of wood, basic medical kits, a bit of money (outside of bank accounts) and weather worthy clothing and shoes. When it is time, I shall do as the bible says and give a child a cup of water.

  • Ed straub

    Hey give the police a chance, they go after real criminals and get shot at, and hurt it other ways. They are only trying to make points with easy harmless law abiding citizens.
    People we are there, the “Last Days” and evil is called good and good is called evil. Face the fact and make two prayers, 1. pray for peace in Israel, 2 pray for the soon return of Jesus Christ.
    God Bless Israel and the Jewish people and where they are, and we pray for Peace in Jerusalem.
    Love Jesus Christ

    • pacman925

      Revelation 2:9
      9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.



      “Propaganda mostly in hands of Jews, who control almost 100 percent radio, film, daily and periodical press. Although this propaganda extremely coarse and presenting Germany as black as possible, nevertheless extremely effective since public here completely ignorant and knows nothing of situation in Europe…Situation here excellent platform for public speakers of all kinds for emigrants from Germany and Czechoslovakia, who with great many words inciting public, with most various calumnies. They are praising American liberty which contrasts with totalitarian states. It is interesting to note that in this extremely well-planned campaign which conducted above all against National Socialism, Soviet Russia almost completely eliminated. Soviet Russia if mentioned at all mentioned in friendly manner and things presented in such way as if Soviet Union co-operating with block democratic states. Thanks to clever propaganda sympathies of American public completely on side of Red Spain. This propaganda war psychosis being artificially created. American people are told that peace in Europe only hinging bread…that in case of world War America must take active part in order defend slogans of liberty and democracy in world. President Roosevelt was first one to express hatred against Fascism. In doing so he was serving double purpose; first, he wanted to divert attention of American people from difficult and intricate domestic problems, especially from…struggle between capital and labor. Second, by creating war psychosis…he wanted to induce American people to accept enormous armament program…As to point two I can only say that…Roosevelt, as clever player of politics…speedily deviated public attention from domestic situation in order to fasten it on foreign policy…Reigning hatred against everything which in any way connected with German National Socialism is further kindled by brutal attitude against Jews in Germany and by emigree problem. In this action participated Jewish intellectuals, for instance Bernard Baruch, Governor of New York Lehman…judge of Supreme Court Felix Frankfurter, Secretary of Treasury Morgenthau and others who are close personal friends of President Roosevelt. They want President to become champion of human rights, freedom of religion and speech, who in future shall punish trouble mongers. This group, people who want to pose as representatives of ‘Americanism’ and ‘defenders of democracy’ in last analysis are connected by unbreakable ties with international Jewry. For this Jewish international, which above all is concerned with interest its race, was putting of President of United States at this ‘ideal’ post of champion of human rights was clever move. In this manner they created dangerous hotbed for hatred and hostility in this hemisphere and divided world into two hostile camps. Entire issue is worked out in mysterious manner. Roosevelt has been forcing foundation for vitalizing American foreign policy and simultaneously…to procure enormous stocks for coming war for which Jews are striving fully consciously…” (Document dated January 12, 1939, from Polish Ambassador in Washington).

  • CrissCross
  • Sunny

    Child Poverty Jumps by 2.6 Million in Developed World Since 2008, While Number of Global Billionaires Doubles! 😆

  • Sorry, but those of you who are posting here – do NOT know the truth about what has really been going on in downtown Ft. Lauderdale for years. I live down here & this feeding of the ‘homeless’ has been going on in Stranahan Park, 7 days a week, for more than 5 years (that I know of). The reason for this law is because of the numerous complaints (for years) by residents, over the many undesirable people attracted to the free-food in Stranahan Park, which is located right in front of the main Broward County library. By undesirable, I am referring to vagrants, drifters, aggressive panhandlers, drug dealers and the chronic homeless. Yes, we all know & are well aware of those homeless, who do not want to get off the streets – as many are alcoholics & drug addicts or are on pychiatric meds. There is absolutely nothing that anyone can do to get them off the streets (& into shelters, etc.) IF they do not want to. As for feeding the homeless – there are already many secular & religious organizations that do this on private property. It is just that this 7 days-a-week, free-food giveaway on public property, has attacted many unsavory characters to the park & has led to many problems over the years. Residents who regularly visit the library have had to deal with being harrassed & even assaulted by the vagrants/drifters, etc., who hang out in the area (because of the free food). The various (20-40 year old) vagrants/drifters have made Stranahan Park their ‘home’ for years, relieving themselves there & in the nearby parking garages & on library property, etc. And despite what you may think, no one need go hungry – as there are numerous organizations that already feed people, all over the county. This whole stink & so-called ‘outrage’ over the law cracking down on the ‘feed-the-homeless’ business is all politically motivated. So, unless you live down here & have had to deal with the troubles that this has brought to local residents – then please, go find yourself another cause to comment on.

  • CrissCross

    Few of you above might be missing the point! 🙁

    Homeless dragged down by belongings, as cities view keepsakes ‘trash’!

    Russell Brand: $4 Billion Spent on Elections, But Feeding the Homeless is Illegal 😉


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