German food bank criticized for turning away foreigners

A food bank in Germany is being criticized for its decision to stop serving more foreigners, who make up a growing percentage of its users.

The food bank in the western city of Essen announced last month it will only register new users if they prove they've got German citizenship, saying young foreign men are scaring away elderly people and women.

Other food banks, migrant groups and local politicians said it was wrong to exclude people who need charity.

The chairman of Essen's integration council, Miguel Martin Gonzalez Kliefken, says the decision plays into the hands of far-right groups, some of which have hailed the move.

In an interview Friday with broadcaster n-tv, Kliefken said the food bank should remove any troublemakers rather than punish people based on their nationality.