thousands of less fortunate families around Louisiana who depend on food banks
to put meals on the table.
program called Emergency Food Distribution ensures food banks have items to
give to those in need. However, a recent audit by the legislative auditor shows
the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, which oversees the program in the
state, isn't following all of the rules.
banks operate the food distribution program. One of them is the Greater Baton
Rouge Food Bank. It distributes more than nine million pounds of food annually.
goes to places like shelters and rehabilitation centers, but the majority of
the food goes to the Emergency Food Distribution program. It helps supplement
diets of low-income people, providing them with emergency food assistance at no
cost. The program comes with price tag of about $10 million.
concern here is to make sure all controls are in place, to ensure public money
is being spent properly," said Ernie Summerville, Jr., a financial
said money is not the problem, but paperwork is.
with their sub recipient monitoring, it's the responsibility of the department
to get audit reports for each sub recipient, which they did, but they failed to
review those reports," Summerville added.
Each of the
five locations is audited, but what the legislative auditor found is that
instead of reviewing those reports, the LDAF never looked at them.
performing that step increases the risk that money may be misspent," Summerville
the department needs to look at those reports because if something did happen,
it would be responsible. One example is if too much food was being given out or
money was not accounted for.
to the audit, a spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture and Forestry
said the audits from each food bank will now be checked to make sure the
federal food program is running correctly. The legislative auditor said the
department also needs to keep a hard copy of those reports at its office.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
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