Within the last year La Joya ISD has failed two state audits for their free breakfast and lunch program. This brought to light that the district had served more than 4,000 excess free meals within a month, which caused them to lose federal funding they received from the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Now the district is paying out of their own pocket to feed the 25,000 students enrolled in their free meals program.
Authorities say the discrepancies stemmed from the number of meals and the quantity of food served, but the school district has already taken steps to better their chances in the upcoming December audit.
As of now students enrolled in this program are still receiving free meals, if La Joya ISD doesn’t pass the audit this December it could lose federal funding for this program for the next five years.
Cynthia Cano, FOX 2 News.