CAMDEN, NJ — Camden Mayor Frank Moran used strong words Monday morning in vowing to reprimand anyone who discarded food by dumping it in areas across the city purportedly to help the homeless population. 

In a video posted online, Moran sat at Broadway and Chestnut Street in downtown Camden across from boxes of what he said were mostly peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Department of Public Works (DPW) employees could be seen outside the car window raking the litter made soggy from today’s rainstorm. 

“The bottom line is this, homeless people are not animals where you throw food on the ground and encourage them to come and scavenge through it,” he said in the Facebook post.

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Moran saw the boxes of food while driving into work at 8 a.m. on Monday, he could be heard saying in the video.

“This is not God's work!” he said in addressing the incident online.

While an exact number of these instances was not provided, city spokesman Vincent Basara told TAPinto Camden that they have been “sporadic but often.”

“People are trying to do well by doing public feedings. The message we’re trying to get across is if you do a public feeding, do it responsibly,” Basara said over the phone. “The majority do, and we appreciate the efforts to feed those in need right now but dumping food in public places is not the responsible thing to do.”

Basara recommended that any organizations not able to distribute all of their food during an event to take it with them and dispose of it appropriately.

Some organizations serving Camden — like Joseph’s House and Volunteers of America — have also said they are open to food donations of particular items which they outline online.

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