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Originally published Jan. 27, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Twin Cities nonprofits say they’re upset, frustrated and concerned regarding the alleged $200 million fraud from an organization claiming to be one of their own.

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Last Thursday, Federal agents raided nearly a dozen homes and workplaces linked to Feeding Our Future — a nonprofit claiming to be feeding tens of thousands of hungry kids.

According to an affidavit, an investigation into the group’s spending shows allegedly none of the money was spent on children — rather on cars, homes and more.

“I’ve never heard of the organization. Couldn’t believe that they were right down the street from us,” said Cathy Maes, who serves as the executive director for Loaves and Fishes. “I couldn’t even understand the dollar amounts that I was reading in the newspaper. That’s not real.”

Loaves and Fishes, based on Minneapolis’ northeast side, served more than four million meals in 2021. Many of those meals were funded by the same USDA programs that Feeding Our Future allegedly defrauded, Maes says.

“[The programs are] very stringent,” she said. “It’s a rigorous program that takes a lot of data. It takes a lot of oversight.”

Maes says anyone investigating Feeding Our Future’s spending habits would be able to see the group wasn’t complying.

“I can show you document after document after document, all the meals that we have served,” she said. “And we have to keep those documents for six years. We’re audited. We have unannounced visits from the Department of Education who come in and watch from the minute we start cooking until the last floor is mopped.”

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Hours after the federal investigation into Feeding Our Future was made public, state Republicans called for an audit of Minnesota’s COVID-19 spending.

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This hurts groups who are attempting to use the system of federal support for the right reasons, says Marcus Pope. He’s president of Youthprise, also based on the city’s northeast side.

“We’ve seen fraud in the public sector, the private sector, and in the nonprofit sector. Those oftentimes are the exception, not the rule,” said Pope.

Since 2014, Youthprise has worked to serve meals to children through USDA programs. Those programs, he says, have razor-thin margins and strict requirements for participants.

“We have to go through audits fairly consistently,” Pope said. “They even audit the programs that we monitor. Randomly pick sites that we support to make sure we’re administering the program within the regulations.”

In 2020, Pope said Youthprise amassed nearly $3 million in food costs — something he says is reflective of the need for programs in the state.

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“We have about 500,000 people living in poverty, many are children,” he said. “My first response [to Feeding Our Future] is how is this gonna impact our ability to meet the needs of the community and serve young people, children and youth food? We’ve already heard chatter about increased scrutiny and regulation due to what happened. I think we need to hold bad actors accountable, and we need to support those who operate these programs responsibly and with integrity.”

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Pentagon slammed for ‘terrifying’ ignorance about ‘UFOs disabling nukes at top secret base’

DEFENSE officials have been criticized for admitting they had no knowledge of well-known UFO sightings over nuclear facilities - with one expert calling it "terrifying".

The Department of Defence (DoD) made the admission in Tuesday's landmark congressional hearing on unidentified aerial phenomena - or UAPs.

5The 1967 Malmstrom incident in Montana stunned air force officials when 10 nuclear weapons were disabled after airmen saw a UFO in the sky 5On Tuesday, Pentagon officials claimed they had no knowledge of the Malmstrom incidentCredit: The Sun 5Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray (L) and Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie were grilled by members of Congress during Tuesday's hearingCredit: EPA

The historic public discussion saw members of Congress grill defense experts on the numbers of UFOs and their origins, forcing them to admit there had been over 400 sightings and 11 near-miss collisions. 

But Alejandro Rojas, UFO researcher from the Scientific Coalition for UAP studies, said most worrying was the lack of historical knowledge, particularly over nuclear bases - which he called a "major concern".

Rojas exclusively told The US Sun: "I was mostly disappointed with the hearing. I really thought that they would be holding their feet to the fire to get something done, to get rolling, but really there was none of that. It was more just questions about what this group is going to look like.

"I still don't have a sense of whether they feel urgency to start getting things actually done.

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"I thought there was a huge lack of education on this topic than I expected on all sides.

"One of the biggest and scariest problems is that the DoD said they were not aware of the vast history of UAP over nuclear facilities, which seems to be the largest safety and security concern on this matter."

Officials admitted they had no knowledge or date from the 1967 Malmstrom incident in Montana, where 10 nuclear weapons were disabled and airmen saw a UFO in the sky.

"It's quite terrifying that they hadn't heard of the Malmstrom incident - that was a huge concern," Rojas said.

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"I think the DoD demonstrated a huge lack of knowledge of historical UAP information.

"I would like to see them educate themselves, especially on the nuclear issue because that's a very important issue, especially right now and they seem to be completely blind to it. And that's a major concern."


Rojas said other main takeaways from the historic briefing was the confirmation that the Pentagon does not have a crashed UFO or any materials from it.

This goes against what whistleblower Luis Elizondo, who led the secretive Pentagon UFO program AATIP, has said previously.

"They claimed they do not have a crashed UFO or any material that they believe is anomalous. That's not surprising. That's what I expected, but it is contrary to what Luis Elizondo has said. 

"He did say that they did have materials they thought were anomalous. 

"I would guess that perhaps they do not agree with the conclusion that AATIP and/ or Elizondo has come to regarding that material.

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"I don't think that they were trying to mislead the public - I believe it is that they have not arrived at the same conclusions." 

Many questions remain unanswered following the landmark hearing in Washington DC, which concluded after two hours of testimony - and went behind closed doors for a classified session.

5The decades-old incident at Malmstrom stunned Air Force officials at the timeCredit: Alamy 5US Air Force servicemember Robert Salas was the captain of the airbase at the timeCredit: Amazon Kindle We pay for your stories!

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