LOS ANGELES (AP) _ An audit has found the Los Angeles Unified School District spent $40.6 million more on food but served fewer meals.
The inspector general’s report released Wednesday says food expenditures in the nation’s second-largest school district soared between 2010 and 2013.
At the same time, the number of meals served dropped more than 13 percent while the amount of food left over rose.
The audit says part of the spending increase was due to new federal requirements under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
But it also found mismanagement and inappropriate spending and said the district did a poor job of reviewing new products and prices.
District officials say they’ve tightened spending and oversight.