The money was supposed to go toward feeding the most vulnerable children in Arkansas: Kids in low-income areas who relied on after-school programs for dinner or visited community centers during the summer because they might not get to eat otherwise.

Instead, authorities say a small group deliberately defrauded the system and pocketed at least $10 million in federal funds intended to feed at-risk youths in a place with one of the highest rates of child hunger in the United States.

Continue reading:  ‘Mortified’: Inside a $10 million scheme to steal federal funds intended to feed hungry children

12 thoughts on “‘Mortified’: Inside a $10 million scheme to steal federal funds intended to feed hungry children

  1. Reblogged this on Scotties Toy Box and commented:
    This sickens me. Forgive me that I couldn’t finish the article , which was well written and should be read. I have gone hungry. Often the only meal I got was the lunch at school. To have money provided for people to feed children who wouldn’t get food is a grand thing. To have people lie about feeding hundreds of children just to pocket the money is horrible. Think of all the kids who went hungry. That one place billed for feeding 300 hundred children, when the truth is they fed none. To me that is three hundred children who might have gone hungry. I thank you Robert for posting this. I hope they use harsh enough punishment to make others not scam like this. I hope they keep funding the program after they weed these violators out. Hungry children are children who have trouble in school. Hungry children are more likely to be abused children. Hungry children are… the list goes on. For me this is personal. I was never under a program for food, however I suspect I was often given food that was not paid for in grade school. In high school I was friends with the “lunch ladies” who gave me food even when I was unable to pay for it. I was hospitalized after collapsing from malnutrition. These are good programs. We need to make sure every child has enough food and an equal chance in school. Hugs

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    • You’re so right. This criminal behavior by state officials goes beyond sickening. Even if they are prosecuted and convicted to the fullest extent of the law, it still wouldn’t make up for the damage they caused to both the affected children and to these necessary social programs.

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  2. I am so glad this case was cracked wide open and hope it leads to widespread rigorous auditing throughout all federal social service funding.

    I am very suspect of local non-profits who manage federal funds (or any funds) for social relief programs. Even when there is no outright fraud, many of these local entities are not equipped or organized to effectively provide services.

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