He should have a first hand look at what these children are like. They are more than numbers. They are faces, people with feelings, emotions and needs. They are not taking advantage of the system by getting free food. They are truly in need. What "needs" does this business man have that would be more important then feeding young children? He needs to experience who these children are to truly understand what he took from them. Food equals security to them.
No, the businessman charged with fraudulently misdirecting government cash earmarked for children's breakfasts should not be forced to work with the kids. A completely selfish and misguided person like this would not likely learn much from the experience and it would cause more harm than good for the kids in the program. He should have to come up with the cash or the food.
It might teach him something about the people he has taken money from, but if he is not good with the kids, it could do more harm to them, than it does benefit to him. If he passes backround checks and is otherwise good with them, it might be a good idea.
No, the businessman showed a callous disregard for the wellbeing of the impoverished children when he fraudulently misdirected $694,000 that should have went to the children. Making him work with the kids does not serve the interest of justice. He should make restitution by paying back the money. Further he should be punished with a prison sentence.