‘Feed The Children’ fight brews

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: February 21, 2009 at 1:52 am •  Published: February 21, 2009
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photo - Feed the Children founder Larry Jones speaks to volunteers before giving out boxes of food & school supplies. By Steve Gooch
Feed the Children founder Larry Jones speaks to volunteers before giving out boxes of food & school supplies. By Steve Gooch

/> "The suit attempts to dispute the election of five prominent pastors to Feed The Children’s board of directors. Feed The Children believes that the claims have no merit,” the statement concluded.

The lawsuit is sealed from public view. The Oklahoman obtained a copy of the petition before it was made secret.

The allegations

According to the lawsuit, on Dec. 4, Feed The Children had eight directors including Jones.

Jones and board chairman Dwight Powers put five new directors on the board in violation of Feed The Children’s bylaws, according to the lawsuit. Six directors who had been on the board for years then were sent dismissal letters Dec. 5 stating they had been released.

Five of the released directors sued Jan. 30, saying they are "the true board” and their dismissals were improper.

Critics of Feed The Children include the American Institute of Philanthropy. The watchdog group grades charities and has in the past given Feed The Children an F.

Read Feed the Children suit

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People involved in the dispute

New directors:

Mark Beeson of Elkhart, Ind.; Paul Osteen of Houston; Mark Crow of Oklahoma City; Al Jandl of Alvin, Texas; and Wayne Anderson of Honolulu.

Released directors: Dan Mugg

of Oklahoma City: Leo Fundaro of Rockwall, Texas; C. Earnest Wyatt, an Oklahoma City veterinarian; Rick England of Hinton; George Stevens of Oklahoma City; and Linda Schluchter. All but Schluchter are suing the new directors.

Unchanged directors: Founder Larry Jones and board chairman Dwight Powers of Edmond.

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