Comments to our providers about reported fraud in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Recently, news stories on the national television news and in local newspapers reported instances of fraud by sponsors and participants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The federal government is filing criminal charges in cases throughout the country. To our knowledge, no one in North Carolina is being charged.

We wanted you to be aware of the federal investigation for two reasons:

  • To emphasize the importance of remaining in compliance with program requirements; and
  • To reassure you that as your sponsor we are in strict compliance and we do everything we can to make sure that you are in compliance too.

Because we have personal contact with each of you, we know that you are honestly trying to comply with program requirements. We remove from the program any providers who we suspect of dishonesty. Providers removed from the program for dishonesty will be put on a national list that will prevent them from participating in the CACFP in the future. Providers that are removed may file an appeal.

We also know you are very busy and that there are lots of detailed procedures for you to follow to remain in compliance. That's why we review your records closely and make unannounced visits regularly to make sure you are meeting requirements. In this way, we protect both you and ourselves from charges of illegal activity.

We are regularly audited by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and by our accounting firm, C. DeWitt Foard & Co, Certified Public Accountants. As one of the oldest and largest CACFP sponsors in North Carolina, we are proud of our role in helping you to feed healthy food to children. Our goal is to be as helpful and as efficient as we can as we fill this role.

Please call our office if you have any questions regarding this news story or any aspect of complying with program guidelines.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.