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School lunch servers made extra food, then trashed it for more pay

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lunchEDMONDS, Wash. — Two former food service workers at the Edmonds School District prepared — then trashed — more than 1,500 meals in an effort to bilk the district out of money, the Everett Herald reported.

According to the Herald, the two workers prepared federally funded meals that were never handed out to school children.

The employees’ pay was based on the number of subsidized meals served. During an 18-month period in 2011 and 2012, the employees prepared 1,569 meals in order to clock small increments of extra pay time. The employees then trashed the meals that weren’t handed out to students in order to hide their actions, but still clocked the overtime.

Federal meals funding is based on the number of meals served to children. The district has been ordered to pay back $4,487.75 in federal meals funding, the Herald reported, but little will be done to the two employees, who resigned before they could be fired.

Officials said the amount of money the district will need to pay back is much greater than the amount the two employees made in the fraud.

“Their contract runs in 15-minute increments and the entire period in which they were each doing this totaled less than 40 hours in 13 months,” district spokeswoman DJ Jakala told the Herald.

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6 comments

  • joe

    Government school teachers are the same way when they look at kids a crops and count the days until retirement. Government prisons workers need some kids to grow up as meat for the grinder too.

  • Carl Constantine

    If the State of Washington wasn't paying Christine Gregoire such a huge pension, they could certainly afford to pay school lunch room workers more than they are currently making. A $160,000 annual pension is absolutely unacceptable, former Governor or not…

  • esco

    Very wasteful, not a good idea on their part. We need that food for our kids not the seagulls at the dump. I'm glad they were exposed.

  • sv1g

    The whole school lunch program is stupid. Even if a kid doesn't want a certain food item, and tells the lunch servers they are going to throw it away, they are still forced to take it. The lunchroom garbage cans are filled with untouched food at my son's school every day. The kids have no choice whatsoever. Total waste of money and food.

  • Annonymous

    Pensions are overpayments, the private sector gave those up awhile ago – we have to save our own money, what's left after taxes! Throwing away lunch food is ridiculous, but leave it to the lawyers- they would sue for food poisoning – maybe that's what waivers are for. When the government runs out of money it's just more taxes for the hard working Americans – again and again. All government programs sought to be run by the private sector. We wouldn't be spending millions on parties, that's for sure. Nice job IRS. And this State sure has fun at the conferences-staying in extravagant hotels (Bellevue Hyatt Regency lately), and spending way to much on food and travel. We have gone to webinars in the private sector for training. Why not the government?

  • Annonymous

    And what about school unions, Arizona has the weakest teacher union in the US and education is much better because they can get rid of bad employees, both teachers and staff who don't keep up. They work much harder/longer as well. Even the celebrities in AZ send their students to public schools, the schools are that good. Overly strong unions are like welfare, they reward laziness, bad choices and unproductive behavior. But since WA has the 10th strongest union, good luck getting bad educators and government workers sent home without pay in this State! I hope I'm long since retired and gone from this State by the time taxes catch up with the overly optimistic liberals here who like to pass out money like it grows on trees, hence the "Evergreen State"