For those following at home, the links, key dates, and key events included below provide a road map to the story, as it has unfolded.
Not one person has been arrested or charged. The alleged scandal involves $445 million in federal money received by two networks of Minnesota nonprofits to provide free meals to children. Much of the money has yet to be accounted for.
Here is a list of dates with links to media reports on the story.
Jul. 23, 2021: MDE announces that 2,500 sites, statewide, have been approved for the summer program.
Oct. 11, 2021: Feeding Our Future launches a GoFundMe campaign for their sequel nonprofit, Feeding Our Future II.
The fundraiser (now closed) raises almost $74,000. A total of 21 donors contribute to the campaign, 12 of them anonymously. Four of the names on the donor list match four names included in this Sahan Journal article citing owners of the suspect Safari Restaurant, who were also donors to the Mayor Frey re-election campaign (see below). The four donate a total of $24,000 to Feed Our Future II.
Jan. 20, 2022: FBI executes three search warrants (1, 2, and 3) at offices of Feeding Our Future and affiliated locations.
Jan. 26, 2022:Sahan Journalreports that six persons named in the FBI search warrants donated money to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s re-election campaign. One of the six was appointed by Frey to a committee.
Feb. 1, 2022: Scott Johnson of Power Linedigs into an Ilhan Omar connection and posts the first of three search warrants. Aimee Bock gives an interview to Sahan Journal and denies any and all wrongdoing, blaming the state Department of Education. Also in Sahan Journal, state Sen. Omar Fateh is reportedly returning campaign contributions received from figures named in the alleged scandal. The Star Tribune reports on calls for legislative audits of the Department of Education.
Feb. 2, 2022: Scott Johnson of Power Line reports on an incident that occurred before the FBI raids in January and posts a second search warrant. Sahan Journalhas an explainer about the justice process. The Edina Sun Currentreports on a local entity named in the alleged scandal, as well as including new information on a St. Paul-based nonprofit network Partners in Nutrition/Partners in Quality Care.
Feb. 3, 2022: The Star Tribunereports on the nonprofit network Partners in Quality Care/Partners in Nutrition and their expected appeal of their suspension by the Department of Education. The Sahan Journal reports that a name mentioned in the FBI search warrants has stepped aside from his role at a Burnsville charter school.
Feb. 23, 2022: David Fahrenhold of the New York Timeswas in Minneapolis on this date, reporting on the story. Both the Star Tribune and Sahan Journalcover the resignation of the head of Minneapolis’ housing authority, more fallout from the free food scandal.
Mar. 3, 2022: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison files to oversee the dissolution of the Feeding Our Future corporation. Sahan Journalretracts an article where they had mistaken one woman named Qamar Ahmed Hassan for another.
Sept. 21, 2022: KSTP reports on MDE‘s oversight of the free-food nonprofits. The Star Tribune reports on the dispute between two indicated figures.
Sept. 22 2022: KARE 11 reports on the suspects that have fled the country. The Star Tribunereports on kickbacks and bribes within the Feeding Our Future network. WCCO reports on some of the donations made to local Democrats. The Pioneer Pressreports on Gov. Walz push back against criticism of his administration’s handling of the scandal.
Sept. 23, 2022: Ramsey County Judge John Guthmann issues a statement defending his work on the Feeding Our Future case. The Star Tribunesorts out who is telling the truth between Walz and Guthmann.
Oct. 3, 2022: The Star Tribunereports on new scrutiny given to free-food providers in the wake of the scandal and the expiration of pandemic rules waivers.
Oct. 4, 2022: Fox 9 reports on state Sen. Sandy Pappas’ efforts on behalf of a free-food charity. The Pioneer Pressreports that a Federal judge turned down Partners in Nutrition’s request for reinstatement to the free-food programs.
Oct. 6, 2022: the Minnesota Reformerreports on a former Bernie Sanders campaign staffer’s role in the Feeding Our Future story.
Oct. 7, 2022: the Sahan Journalreports on Partners in Nutrition.
Oct. 11, 2022: the Minnesota Reformerreports on ties between Minneapolis city council member Jamal Osman and his wife to the scandal.
June 11, 2016: Partners in Nutrition is incorporated, Kara Lomen as agent. In 2016, Partners filed for d/b/a status under the name Partners in Quality Care.
Nov. 7, 2016: Feeding Our Future is incorporated, Aimee Bock as president.
Jan. 4, 2022: Aimee Bock incorporates Feeding Our Future II in Minnesota.
In Case You Missed It
Bill Glahn spoke to a live audience online about the Feeding Our Future fraud on Tuesday, September 13. He addressed the recent indictments, spoke about where the investigation is headed, and answered some burning questions.