Pennsylvania woman threatened with $600 a day fine for feeding hungry children

Angela Prattis 
By: John Roberts 

(Scroll down for video) Feeding hungry children is not permitted in some places in the U.S.

A Pennsylvania woman, who provides free daily meals to low-income children in her neighborhood, faces a $600-a-day fine if she continues to distribute free food because she did not get the permission from township officials.

Angela Prattis donates her time to deliver meals provided by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and adheres to strict documentation, such as filing weekly reports and bi-weekly visits to a state worker.

"Angela saw it as a way to contribute to the community in a positive way," said Anne Ayella, a member of the archdiocese. "There was nothing in it for her," she said.

Prattis laughed and said: "I do not make a dime."

Prattis lived in the town for three years. According to reports, she distributes food to 60 or so children in a gazebo on her property during the summer months when children are home from school.

Another resident alerted officials about the distribution, some weeks ago. It investigated and resolved that the practice is not allowed without a variance.

"You have houses here, the ceilings are falling, and they could focus on a lot more serious problems than me feeding the hungry kids," she said.

Chester Township, which has a per capita income of $19,000 a year, said that Prattis lives in a residential area, therefore, the delivery of food to children is not allowed. The municipality said that she has to go before a zoning board to request a variance, which would cost up to $1,000 in administrative costs.

Prattis said that she is not going to stop feeding the children in the area.