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Policy Summary

This ordinance establishes a defense to prosecution under the City's Food Establishment code for individuals or organizations (not just church, civic, or other charitable organizations) that meet certain requirements and distribute or serve food, free of charge, to homeless people. Requirements include providing notice to the city within a specified time of the food service or distribution.

Background Information

State Texas
Jurisdiction Name Dallas
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Creates an incentive for a change
Reach Limited scope
This is a voluntary activity for individuals or organizations to protect themselves against prosecution in relation to serving or distributing food to the homeless. § 17-1.6(a).
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

The ordinance relates to people "serving or distributing food, without charge, to homeless individuals." § 17-1.6(a)(5).

Health-related goal?
Yes

See references to "food safety" and safe handling of "potentially hazardous food" in subparts § 17-1.6(a)(5)(C)-(D).

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
No

Addresses implementation?
Unclear

Ordinance details what a person serving or distributing food to the homeless must do to qualify for defense to prosecution. The City receives the person's notice, but no other government implementation information is provided. § 17-1.6(a)(5).

Enforcement provisions?
No

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in the Dallas, Texas Code of Ordinances, Chapter 17 - Food Establishments, Section 17-1.6 Defenses for Certain Types of Activities. History: Ord. Nos. 26023; 26556; 29595; 30134.