Zuccotti Park has become so overrun with freeloading homeless folks that protesters say they are considering closing up the 24-7 kitchen.
“Homeless people appear here because they’re hungry,” protester Barbara Ross, 48, said.
To curb their appetites, protesters are considering shutting down the cafeteria-style food distribution and only giving out food to active protesters, said Ross.
“There have been plans to have food delivered to the working groups,” Ross said.
“We’re asking them to join many of the working groups, or directing them to a food pantry,”?she said of the homeless.
The overworked kitchen volunteers are serving an estimated 1,200 people a day, spokesperson Patrick Bruner said, and they just can’t take it anymore. “The kitchen team became worried they wouldn’t be able to continue to feed everyone,” he said.
The once-gourmet menu will be nothing but cold fare for the next three days while the kitchen crew reorganizes, Bruner said.
Security has also been working hard to keep the protests peaceful, Ross said.
“The bad behavior is coming from that southwest corner,” Ross said, referring to where homeless people congregate. “They’re not following the guidelines set up by the general assembly for being nonviolent in the park.”
On Wednesday night, 10 people were arrested in a solidarity march with Occupy Oakland because police said they trashed a Tribeca street.
The cops have become so fed up with protesters that the NYPD’s Sergeants’ Benevolent Association is ready to sue if cops are injured by the demonstrators.
Ed Mullins, president of the SBA, told the New York Post that more than 20 police officers have been injured at OWS protests.
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