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August 24, 2015

Obesity Charity Led by Disgraced 'Subway Guy' Made No Grants

Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's anti-obesity nonprofit, which announced plans in 2008 to allocate $2 million a year to schools and community groups to promote healthy lifestyles, has not issued any grants, USA Today reports.

The Jared Foundation spent an average of $73,000 a year from 2009 through 2013, most of it to pay its executive director, according to tax records. The Indiana-based charity lost state recognition in 2012 after failing for several years to pay a $5 annual registration fee but is still recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

The foundation has come in for scrutiny amid a federal investigation of Mr. Fogle, whom prosecutors announced last week will plead guilty to soliciting sex with minors and possessing child pornography. Subway has severed ties with the 38-year-old Zionsville, Ind., resident, who appeared in hundreds of ads for the chain after the story of his massive weight loss on a diet consisting largely of Subway sandwiches gained media attention in the late 1990s.