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Keeping track of the applesauce: Federal Child Nutrition Programs make it possible for Minnesota nonprofits to serve low-income kids. But while the lunch may be free, you pay for it in paperwork.

Federal authorities allege that Child Nutrition Programs in Minnesota turned into a feast for fraud. This summer, Youthprise, a Twin Cities nonprofit, invited Sahan Journal to visit a neighborhood library and see the exacting work that goes into serving federally-subsidized meals to low-income kids. That means measuring chicken salad, following the clock on lunchtime, and tracking meals with a ticker.