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ERIC Number: EJ912847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-1
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0146-5945
Why School Lunch Is "Nasty!"
Julian, Liam
Policy Review, n163 Oct 2010
The history of the school lunch program is laden with the political wrangling and compromises that usually beset massive government initiatives, and as with other government initiatives, the results of the wrangling and compromises have tended to be sadly durable. The school lunch program has consistently been viewed and managed not primarily as a way to provide healthful meals to American children but as a salve for any number of national crises of the moment. When big changes are made to it, they reflect not so much common sense but political expediency. It can be downright striking just how few adjustments related to school food are actually catalyzed by concerns about "food." In this article, the author discusses the school lunch lessons as well as its revolutionaries and incrementalists. The author also discusses commodity surpluses and policy shortcomings of the school lunch program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: National School Lunch Act 1946