Couple Fined for Feeding Homeless

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Police have fined a Florida couple and threatened to put them in jail for feeding the homeless.
Debbie and Chico Jimenez have been feeding 120 homeless people at Manatee Island Park in Daytona Beach for over a year, providing home-cooked meals, clothes and bicycles. Now, police say they’re breaking the law.

On May 7, police gave them each a citation for $373. They were also threatened with arrest and incarceration.


“I couldn’t understand why they were giving us a fine for feeding the homeless and because we were doing a good deed,” Chico told Greta Van Susteren.

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Debbie said their hope and prayer is that someone will provide them with a building so that they can legally feed the homeless.

“We do not want to lose our friends that we’ve been feeding for all this time,” Debbie said. “They’re family to us now and it’s just heartbreaking, it really is.”