Court reinstates ban on food at Pa. funeral homes

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Food will no longer be served at central Pennsylvania funeral homes thanks to a federal appeals court ruling that reinstated a decades-old ban on that practice.

The prohibition is included in a list of operating laws for funeral directors reinstated recently by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Lancaster Newspapers reported.

A federal judge threw out the decades-old operating laws in 2012, deeming them unconstitutional.

Reactions from funeral home operators to the latest ruling were mixed.

Director Chad Snyder of The Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, which began serving food after the ruling by Judge John E. Jones III, said he was disappointed.

Snyder said food had been requested and provided at 40 to 50 services since the 2012 ruling, and he believes it provides some comfort to bereaved families.

“I personally think food and funerals go hand in hand,” he said. “Just like weddings and food go hand in hand.”

The food ban was instituted in 1952 out of safety concerns, but Snyder said there’s no risk if proper precautions are taken

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