Despite the problem, program officials said the test achieved 9 of its 10 goals.
Here in Plainfield, program officials keep their cases out of official school files.
Even they, program officials insist, have learned a valuable lesson about life in the real world.
Seventy percent of the parents either pass the examinations or increase their reading skills by two grades, program officials said.
"We have relatively good confidence that the food is reaching the people who need it," one program official said.
Nearly 4,000 Citymeals clients may need a second meal, program officials said.
As a result, program officials said, crime decreased 90 percent among participants, who are mostly around 30.
However, program officials said about 350 addicts dropped out.
Other children were left to fend for themselves, one program official said.
With nine field offices throughout the city, program officials teach local groups the value of improved race relations.