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Food Bank Raises $60,000 To Pay Tax Debt, Continue Operating

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A food bank has wrapped up a fundraising effort that started after it was revealed that the Lawrence mayor who was leading the nonprofit had failed to pay more than $61,000 in payroll taxes. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Just Food announced yesterday (WED) that it had reached its goal of raising enough money to pay the taxes. Jeremy Farmer resigned as mayor of Lawrence last month, two days after he resigned from his job as executive director at the food bank. Farmer has said it was an oversight that the taxes weren't paid. The nonprofit's internal investigation has been turned over to law enforcement. Board member Nancy Thellman says the organization had been "very concerned." In a letter last week to the newspaper, she said institutional bankruptcy was a possibility.

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