National School Lunch Program History

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    History of lunches
  • First Free Lunch

    First Free Lunch
    Children's Aid opened its first industrial school for poor children and initiated the first free school lunch program in the United States.
  • Boston high school lunch progam

    Boston high school lunch progam
    The firts major program started this year in high schols due to Ellen Richards And Edward Atkinson.
  • Philadelphia - 1894 penny lunches

    Philadelphia - 1894 penny lunches
    In 1894, the Starr Center Association in Philadelphia began serving penny lunches in one school, later expanding the service to another. Soon a lunch committee was established within the Home and School League, and lunches were extended to include nine schools in the city
  • Lunch Service is Ohio

    Lunch Service is Ohio
    Elementary school lunch service began in Cleveland, Ohio, on December 6,1909, when the Cleveland Federation of Women's Clubs began serving breakfasts to 19 children at the Eagle School.
  • 1912

    "By 1912, over forty cities had lunch programs in their elementary schools...[1913] The NYAICP [New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor] was to serve 600,000 meals for a year for only one penny a meal.
  • Hot lunches for million school children

    Hot lunches for million school children
  • WWII war food programs

    Gordon W. Gunderson, a native of Wisconsin, was elected in the fall of 1939 to represent the U S Department of Agriculture to supervise its program in Wisconsin of distributing donated commodities to establish school lunch programs During World War II his duties also included the administration of war food programs in the State.
  • 50 million dollars for local school boards (NSLA)

    50 million dollars for local school boards (NSLA)
    In 1943, with stocks of surplus foods dwindling and transportation snags bottling up many farm products, members of Congress from the farm bloc pushed through an appropriation of fifty million dollars for local school boards to purchase foods that were abundant locally. Meanwhile, the USDA continued to send them items it had purchased to help support prices, such as evaporated milk and canned prunes. In all, almost a third of the nation's schoolchildren--most of them rural--received some food ai
  • How many to feed

    In 1946, the National School Lunch Act created the modern school lunch program, though
    USDA had provided funds and food to schools for many years prior to 1946. About 7.1 million
    children were participating in the National School Lunch Program by the end of its first year,
  • NSLP Established

    NSLP Established
    The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
  • Gordon Gundersons Milk program

    Gordon Gundersons Milk program
    The Special Milk Program was inaugurated in 1954 and was added to his supervision.
  • Child Nutristion Act of 1966

    Child Nutristion Act of 1966
    In recognition of the demonstrated relationship between food and good nutrition and the capacity of children to develop and learn, based on the years of cumulative successful experience under the National School Lunch Program with its significant contributions in the field of applied nutrition research, it is hereby declared to be the policy of Congress that these efforts shall be extended, expanded, and strengthened under the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture as a measure to safeguard t
  • Piolet breakfast program ended

    Piolet breakfast program ended
    A pilot breakfast program with specific appropriations was authorized for two years, beginning with fiscal year 1966-67 and ending June 30, 1968.
  • How many participating

    22 million
  • obesity?

    1977: school lunches lead to obesity?]
    "The government-subsidized school lunch served to 25 million American school children may be harmful to their health, the General Accounting Office says. While the standard lunch 'provides a vaulable source of nourishment for some children,' it may lead to obesity in others and is not effective in combating iron deficiency because of the large portions served and a lack of supplemental nutrients such as iron, the GAO, an auditing arm of Congress, said in th
  • How many participating

    27 Million
  • Foods to be served

    Foods to be served
    The federal government, in major new changes for the nation's school-lunch program, wants to call ketchup and pickle relish vegetables, offer tofu as a substitute for meat and serve peanut butter or nuts as main dishes at noon. .The prices of lunches are going up-- we think an average of 25 to 30 cents nationally--and now the department is proposing a reduction in the amount of food that can be served.
  • Healthier options

    Healthier options
    Take 150 standardized school lunch recipes. Reduce the amount of salt, fat and sugar in each; make them easier, quicker and more cost efficient to prepare. Only about 10 new recipes were created--including from-scratch versions of fast-food items such as tacos, burritos and nacho cheese sauce.... Other trendy items--such as a pasta salad, stir-fry, quiche and a raw vegetable dip made with yogurt--were added as well. Whole-wheat flour was incorporated into the pizza crust, hamburger buns and din
  • How many eating lunch

    over 24 million children ate school lunch every day
  • Afterschool snacks

    Afterschool snacks
    In 1998, Congress expanded the National School Lunch Program to include
    reimbursement for snacks served to children in afterschool educational and enrichment programs
    to include children through 18 years of age
  • Cost of lunches increased

    Cost of lunches increased
    in 2008, some school systems in Alabama, California, and Texas raised meal prices to keep up with “steep increases in food costs.” The school districts raised prices for paying students, while keeping prices the same for students that qualified for reduced-price or free lunches. This method of cost adjustment leaves either the school district or paying students to bear the burden of the price increase
  • Price of lunches

    Price of lunches
    The current (July 1, 2014 through June
    30, 2015) basic cash reimbursement rates if school food authorities served less than 60% free and
    reduced price lunches during the second preceding school year are:
    Free lunches: Reduced-price lunches: Paid lunches:
    $2.93 $2.53 $0.28
    Free snacks: Reduced-price snacks: Paid snacks:
    $0.80 $0.40 $0.07