I am Joan M Cheever the Chef from the Chow Train mobile kitchen who the San Antonio Police Department recently ticketed for feeding the homeless and working poor. The ticket carries a $2000 dollar fine. Ask me anything!
I am Chef Joan Cheever of the mobile food truck The Chow Train.
For 10 years, the Chow Train has provided meals to the homeless and working poor of San Antonio. We have also assisted in disaster relief efforts around the US.
Every Tuesday night for over six years, volunteers and I have served prepared meals to the homeless at various locations around San Antonio from the Chow Train pick-up truck. Tuesday, April 7th this year, was different. On that evening, four members of the San Antonio Police Department bike patrol stopped by while we were parked at 1000 N Alamo, the Sout East corner of Maverick Park, and instead of asking what was on the menu as they usually do, they instead gave me a ticket which comes with a $2000 dollar fine.
Attempting to criminalize compassion is nothing new, but there seems to be a nationwide trend of targeting efforts to feed the poor and hungry.
Some press coverage of the incident:
I am a former managing editor of The National Law Journal and in 2012 graduated from the Culinary School at St. Philips College, receiving an Associates degree in Culinary Arts. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University; a Master’s in journalism from Columbia University and my law degree from St. Mary’s University.
From my bio at www.thechowtrain.com: For the past three decades, Joan M. Cheever has been a tireless advocate for the poor, persons without homes and those who are imprisoned, and is the author of Back From The Dead: One Woman’s Search For the Men Who Walked Off Death Row (John Wiley & Sons 2006), a book about imprisonment and the death penalty in the U.S.
Ask me anything!
Edit: It is 7:37 CST and I am late for dinner with friends. I will come back tomorrow and answer your questions. I look forward to meeting those of you who wish to volunteer. Thank you so much.