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Government Officials Tell Church To Stop Feeding The Homeless After Thanksgiving

By Chet Dawson

The United Methodist Church in Malibu, California has offered a free meal to the homeless every Wednesday for the past three years. It's an act of charity that would seem to go right along with Jesus' whole 'be kind to the poor' message.

"It's a safe place," Michah Johnson, a homeless resident of Malibu, told CBS. "And everyone is welcome. And the food is really good. It's home-cooked. And there's TLC involved. They keep my spirits up. They keep me accountable. When you're homeless, it's very easy to slip off and become jaded."

But city officials requested a meeting with the church's leaders to directly ask them to stop feeding the homeless. "Very succinctly, they claimed we are increasing homelessness," said Dawn Randall, who works with the church.