Speaker Oliver Statement on Comptroller’s Report on School Lunch Program Applications

(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement Wednesday on the report by the Office of the State Comptroller on fraudulent school lunch program applications:

“This program is among the best anti-poverty efforts the nation has put forth and is vital to young children who desperately need proper nutrition to learn and thrive. To see it subject to such abuse is infuriating.
“I am deeply disturbed by the findings, and fully expect the Department of Agriculture and school districts to implement the reform recommendations to ensure this program is used only by those who truly need it. I also expect those guilty of fraud to be prosecuted to the fullest extent.
“I want this program protected for those who need it – our children fighting each and every day to succeed.”