Probes raise questions about misuse of food program money

Published 5:02 pm, Thursday, February 23, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two investigations released by the state comptroller’s office Thursday are raising questions about what happened to hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money that was supposed to be used to feed poor children.

One probe questioned large cash withdrawals and spending by All About Giving, a nonprofit with locations in Nashville and Knoxville that helped day care programs feed at-risk kids. The comptroller’s office said taxpayer money meant for the children was spent on questionable things like hotels, online gaming, shoes and an Xbox.

The state Department of Human Services oversees the food program that passes federal dollars to organizations to feed mostly needy children. The comptroller’s office has been critical of the Department for lax…

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