Group that buys food for many Iowa schools accused of violating purchasing regulations

March 5, 2010
Iowa Educators Consortium was formed to boosts school systems' buying power
From The Des Moines Register: A corporation that helps buy millions of dollars' worth of food for Iowa's school lunch program allegedly has violated federal purchasing regulations and steered public money to a company with close ties to the group's top executive. The Iowa Educators Consortium, was formed by the state's publicly funded Area Education Agencies to purchase supplies such as paper, furniture and food for schools. The consortium has awarded its primary food vendor contract to the same company, Martin Brothers Distributing of Cedar Falls, every year since it was formed 10 years ago. The director of the consortium is Dan Dreyer, who worked for Martin Brothers before he was hired by the consortium.

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