Department of Health

Oversight of Funds Provided for Meals at the Sunflower School

In the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program, which is administered in New York by the Department of Health, providers of meals to children or adults in day care or adult care settings are reimbursed by the Department. To qualify for reimbursement, the meals must be provided in accordance with guidelines intended to ensure that the meals are nutritious and safely prepared. We reviewed the Departmentís oversight of the meal funds provided to the day care program of the Sunflower School in Nassau County. We found that the Department identified certain problems in a 1998 review of the Schoolís use of meal funds, and required that a corrective action plan be developed by the School. However, we found no indication that the Department followed up on the development of the plan. A subsequent review by the Department in 2001 identified a number of serious problems, including meals that were not kept at proper temperatures to prevent spoilage and foodborne illness. We recommended that the Department follow up on problems identified during its reviews of Child and Adult Care Food Program activities to ensure that corrective actions are taken. The Sunflower School was closed in September 2002 after investigations by Nassau County determined that County funds had been used inappropriately by the School.

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