Ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's recent guilty plea to child pornography charges has called attention to the foundation he began to combat childhood obesity and the questionable ways that the charity has been spending money.
Between 2008 and 2013 the Jared Foundation raised $650,000, according to CNN, though it seems to have spent less than a quarter of that amount on its mission. Just $145,647 was donated to fight childhood obesity in that period, tax documents revealed. Where did the rest go?
The Jared Foundation paid even more than the donation amount to its director Russ Taylor, who happens to be listed as a co-conspirator in Fogle's indictment and was also arrested on child porn charges earlier this year. Taylor received $40,000 a year for a total of $180,000 through 2013. The foundation also spent $20,000 on a golf tournament and another $12,000 on meals and entertainment in 2008 alone.
Though Fogle first announced the Jared Foundation in 2006, in 2008, he pledged to give $1 million a year to 50 schools in order to promote healthy eating for kids. Another $1 million was pledged for family education programs. That's missing the mark by quite a large margin.
Fogle became Subway's spokesman after his own struggle with childhood obesity and losing 245 pounds on a Subway-related diet. He was quickly dropped from Subway after Federal agents raided his home in July. The company has also announced that it will be re-launching its investigation into how much was known about Fogle's activities, People reports.
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