ERIC Number: ED070203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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School Lunch Breakthrough: Politics, Technology Spur Expansion of Food Programs. An Education U.S.A. Special Report.
In this document, the author traces the history of, explains the revisions to, and points up the political issues involved in the National School Lunch Act of 1964 and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. The author cites research that establishes the adverse effect of malnutrition on the learning process, outlines basic concepts for nutrition education, and presents arguments for and against the proposed universal free lunch program. Examples of how some school systems have coped with the bookkeeping involved in protecting the privacy of recipients of free or reduced-price meals are provided in several case studies. Also presented are some of the imaginative innovations that modern technology has produced that enable lunch to be served at old schools lacking kitchen facilities. Among these innovations are (1) "satelliting" -- the preparing of food (usually preportioned) in a central plant; frozen efficiency foods; the cup-can system -- a prepackaged main course that is heated at the school; and contract feeding -- the farming out of the school system's food business to private corporations. Suggestions are offered for establishing and improving school food programs. (MLF)
Descriptors: Breakfast Programs, Federal Aid, Food Handling Facilities, Food Service, Food Standards, Hunger, Lunch Programs, National Programs, Nutrition, Nutrition Instruction, Poverty, State Federal Aid
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Authoring Institution: National School Public Relations Association, Arlington, VA.