ERIC Number: ED038459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-3
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Why Child Nutrition Programs Fail.
Leonard, Rodney E.
The school lunch program has not responded to national needs: the greater the need of the child from a poor neighborhood, the less the community is able to meet it. Of about eight million children whose families cannot afford the cost of a school meal, three million receive a lunch free or at reduced cost; of the five million denied reasonable access, three million could be served immediately because they attend schools where the program now is operated. The remaining two million attend schools where local service is not available now. Although Congress, both in the National School Lunch Act of 1946 and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, recognized the moral need for action, its prime concern has been how the money has been spent, rather than whether funds are meeting the need. Under Section 25 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 1968, sponsored by Representative Carl Perkins, an additional $45,000,000 was allocated. But most states use these funds to hold down the prices of regular school lunches, thus benefiting the middle-class youngsters at the expense of the poor. (JM)
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Sponsor: Children's Foundation, Washington, DC.
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Nutrition Act 1966; Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; National School Lunch Act 1946