Las Vegas makes it illegal to feed homeless in Parks

From the NY Times:
Las Vegas, whose homeless population has doubled in the past decade to about 12,000 people in and around the city, joins several other cities across the country that have adopted or considered ordinances limiting the distribution of charitable meals in parks…The ordinance, an amendment to an existing parks statute approved by the Council on July 19, bans the “the providing of food or meals to the indigent for free or for a nominal fee.” It goes on to say that “an indigent person is a person whom a reasonable ordinary person would believe to be entitled to apply for or receive” public assistance.”
And here, I would prefer to give food to the indigent rather than money that might be spent on alcohol or drugs instead. Trying to prevent the socially minded from giving food to the homeless will *not* reduce the number of homeless, unless you are advocating a Swiftian notion for keeping them fed.