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Stakeholders split into groups at Marbles Kids Museum to talk about where they distribute the most food, and where they think it should go in the future. Stakeholders split into groups at Marbles Kids Museum to talk about where they distribute the most food, and where they think it should go in the future.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The City of Raleigh has launched a task force to evaluate how to distribute food to the needy in light of concerns about how food is given away at Moore Square.

The task forced, formed Monday in a meeting at Marbles Museum, will meet Sept. 24, Oct. 10 and Oct. 22 at Marbles Museum.

The City is trying to get feedback on how to best serve the needy without causing any problems in the thriving downtown community.

In the meantime, the city is not going to arrest anyone for food distribution downtown.

The City Council has also waived permit fees in Moore Square during this interim only for food distribution to the needy.

For years groups have served meals to downtown Raleigh's homeless at Moore Square Park, a common place where many gather. But last month, Raleigh Police threatened those organizations with arrest if they continued to distribute food in the park.

The officers cited a decades old city ordinance that bans the distribution of food on city owned property, in a public park or on the sidewalk without a permit.

Following a public outcry, as well as unwanted attention in national media, City Council directed Raleigh Police not to enforce the ordinance. The city is also waiving the permit fee for groups that feed the homeless while City Council works to find a long-term solution.

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