A local food pantry in Indiana has lost its federally donated portions of food due to the pantry director, Paul Brock, asking his visitors if they would like to pray while receiving food. Are officials making the right decision here?

Fox News reports:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture told FoxNews.com in a written statement that religious activities by such organizations aren't forbidden, as long as participation isn't a condition of assistance.

"We ask them if they want to pray with us; if they say no, then we just let them go on through," Brock said. "We're not a church. My job is to feed them and if I can pat them on the back and pray for them and lift them up somehow, that’s what I'm going to do."


The food pantry has been run this way since 1997 and never had a problem before. The food denied to this pantry is being distributed to other pantries in the area that do not involve prayer in their food distribution practices.