The citizens of this Oklahoma town are very angry and upset with their city government. Recently a new ordinance was passed that requires a special permit to anyone who helps feed the homeless in the city.


The new permit ordinance is primarily for groups and organizations of 4 or more people who feed the homeless. It's also specific on the location of feeding operations within the downtown area and at city parks.

The city of Shawnee, OK. now requires a permit to feed the homeless

Jon Rehg
Jon Rehg

So what town passed this ordinance? The city of Shawnee, OK. and from the reaction of its citizens it isn't very popular. According to the city government, it was passed to reduce the amount of trash and waste.


At least that's the rationalization behind the new ordinance. Evidently feeding operations in and around downtown Shawnee and in city parks are causing a liter problem and this is how it's being addressed.

Hit play on the video below to learn more about Shawnee's new controversial permit

Needless to say, the new ordinance has angered a lot of citizens. Some agree, but most disagree with the city government's decision. The general opinion is that this will harm the homeless and the feeding operations.


The new ordinance goes into effect on Thursday, November 16th (11-16-23). The good news is there are no fees for getting a permit. However, if you violate the ordinance and feed the homeless without a permit it's a $250.00 fine for the first offense and $500.00 for the second offense. Time's running out to get a permit.

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