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‘District does not refuse food to old people’

20 May 2007 - It has been suggested incorrectly that the Zuidoost District refuses food to drug addicts, illegals and old people, said district alderman Jude Kehla in response to an article on News from Amsterdam.

He refers to an article about the fact that Zuidoost does not subsidise Regina Mac-Nack’s food bank. The reason would be that she also hands out food to drugs addicts, illegals and old people, who do not fall into the categories that Zuidoost wants to direct to work or an education through the food bank.

According to Kehla, this is an incorrect description of the reasons for the district not to support the food bank.

“The agreement was that we will finance them if the food bank sends them directly to regular social services so that we could help them with their debt, finding a job or school”, said Kehla, who holds that Mac-Nack did not stick to the agreement.

“We do not believe that people should be made dependent on food packages from charity organisations. There is no future in this and we should not pretend that this is a lasting solution”.

The article at News from Amsterdam was based on an interview with Kehla in het Parool. According to Kehla, he was quoted incorrectly in that interview. For example, the statement on drug addicts, illegals and old people would have been attributed to him incorrectly.


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