The Summer Feeding Program:

How to Feed the Children and Stop Program Abuses

CED-77-59: Published: Apr 15, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1977.

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Various aspects of the summer food service program for children were reviewed in light of alleged abuses during program operations in major urban areas. Causes of abuses that had been detected by other groups, including the Departments of Agriculture and Justice, were investigated. The review was conducted at the Food and Nutrition Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at the regional offices in Princeton, New Jersey, and San Francisco, California.

Serious abuses, both criminal and administrative, have occurred in the summer feeding program. Most of the abuses have involved private nonprofit organizations, which comprised three-fourths of the program's sponsors. Public agency sponsors, such as schools and park departments, operated programs relatively free of abuses. The Department of Agriculture has revised the program's regulations to try to prevent abuses.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: Additional changes covering sponsor and site selection and termination, contracting procedures, State staffing and monitoring, sponsor record-keeping, and advances of funds should be included in the revised regulations. The program's authorizing legislation should be revised to authorize only schools and public agencies as sponsors. Additional legislative changes dealing with administrative funds for States and sponsors, definitions of eligible sponsors and children, the number of food services allowed each day, and the issuance of program regulations have been proposed.

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