Colorado school foodservice programs forfeited $700,000 in federal funds in last four years

A new audit also found that districts didn't apply for $1.5 million in grants for child nutrition programs.

DENVER—Auditors say Colorado's school meal program forfeited $700,000 in federal dollars during four years because the money was never spent.

The audit released to state lawmakers Tuesday said the federal funds were not spent from 2009 to 2012 and that the money could've been used for administrative expenses.

The free and reduced school meals benefit children based on their family's income.

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