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Chef faces $2,000 fine for feeding homeless

By Mason White 4:19 PM April 16, 2015
Joan Cheever receiving ticket 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A chef was detained and given a summons for allegedly feeding the homeless in Texas.

Joan Cheever, the founder of a nonprofit mobile food truck known as the Chow Train, was detained by San Antonio Police on Tuesday.

The incident unfolded as Cheever was feeding the homeless in Maverick Park. Cheever has been serving restaurant-quality meals to the homeless population of the city for the past 10 years.

Over the years, police officers have observed Cheever feeding the homeless and they did nothing, but that changed on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, officers stopped at the park and gave Cheever a ticket that carries a potential fine of $2,000. Cheever has a permit for a mobile food truck, but she was cited for transporting and serving food with an unlicensed truck.

Cheever said that under the law, she has the right to serve food to the homeless because she considers it a free exercise of her religion.