Fraud in the Lunchroom

By Charles K. Trainor

Bullies usually can be found knocking their classmates’ books to the floor in hallways, snapping towels in the locker room, or stealing lunch money in the cafeteria. However, another type of bully lurks in our lunchrooms. Corporate bullies are siphoning large sums from money earmarked for school lunch and breakfast programs.

Some unscrupulous food vendors and service providers engage in fraudulent practices that illegally increase their profit while promising savings for districts. Illegal practices may go undetected for years because these companies reduce district costs while secretly adding to vendors’ and providers’ profits with various types of food fraud.

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