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Shelter kitchen theft prevalent, report says

Shelter kitchen theft prevalent, report says

By Stephen Smith
Globe Staff / February 23, 2011

A culture of theft and lax supervision pervaded a kitchen operated by the city of Boston that feeds 2,000 meals a day to the homeless and city workers, an internal investigation has concluded.

The review by the top lawyer at the Boston Public Health Commission found evidence that workers at the kitchen on Long Island were skimming city-purchased food — including steaks, turkeys, hot dogs, hamburgers, and cakes — for their own private weddings, tailgate and birthday parties.

The review, obtained yesterday by the Globe through a public records request, also said that one worker stole $1,600 in cash from the Serving Our Selves kitchen, widely known by its SOS acronym.


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