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USDA Has Misspent $5B on Food Programs This Year

By    |   Monday, 17 Nov 2014 05:31 PM

The Department of Agriculture misspent more than $5 billion on food assistance programs during fiscal year 2014, says a report by the Office of Inspector General.

According to the OIG report, which is supposed to detail the agency's financial standing for 2013 and 2014, improper payments were detailed that were made on behalf of Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) programs.

"The current programs form a nationwide safety net supporting low-income families and individuals in their efforts to escape food insecurity and hunger and achieve healthy, nutritious diets," the OIG report states.

"Currently, the programs administered by the FNS touch the lives of one in four Americans over the course of a year," it adds.

These programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is the food stamp program and "the primary source of nutrition for over 47 million low-income people"; the Child Nutrition Programs (CNS), the federal school lunch program; Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which gives food packages to mothers with children as well as "breastfeeding support to nursing mothers"; and others.

According to the OIG, the food stamp program, SNAP, issued $2.437 billion in improper payments in 2014. The National School Lunch Program spent $1.748 billion in improper payments, which feeds 21 million children nationwide.

In addition, $923 million was spent on improper payments on behalf of the school breakfast program; $206 million on improper payments made for WIC; and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which gives food to day-care operators, spent $10 million on improper payments.

The total amount of improper payments made on behalf of these five programs in 2014 is $5.325 billion.

The OIG says improper payments are defined as those "made to an ineligible recipient, a payment for an ineligible good or service, or a payment for goods or services not received."

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