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Resource ID: #21667
Subject: Charities
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
Date: 2005-02-06



The San Diego Union-Tribune investigated the San Diego Food Bank, the only major charity distributing donations of the America's Second Harvest network in the region. Although hunger was at an all-time high, the food bank tolerated widespread theft of tons of donations over many years. Many of the stolen goods were sold at swap meets and in discount stores around San Diego County, and hundreds of tons a year were shipped into Mexico. The reports also explored the nutritional value of donations; much of it is not edible and some food that is distributed lacks nutritional value. America's Second Harvest, the national food-distribution network, has done little to reform its San Diego affiliate. The investigation also found that the top five participants in the food bank's Charitable Food Distribution Program are charities run by people whose backgrounds include a felony conviction, bankruptcy, court orders for child support and multiple lawsuits. The last story explored the national charity's strong-arm tactics used to secure donations from corporations.

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