Participation of Negro children in school lunch programs. Page: 8
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SCHOOL LUNCH KEEPS ATTENDANCE UP
A Report from Antioch, Ala.
*Antioch, Ala., is a farming community
in "open country." That is to say it
is near no town. The school is the community
Three of the four rooms in the
school are classrooms. The fourth is the
kitchen. Children are served at the door
and go back to their classrooms to eat.
The average daily attendance is 110.
The average daily participation is 90.
As many free lunches as the program can
carry are offered. Children who bring
their lunches eat with the others and are
served the fruit juices and reconstituted
This school was one of the first to
serve nonfat dry milk as a beverage. It
was represented at the county meeting when
the proper way of reconstituting the milk
was demonstrated. It has been serving the
milk as a beverage ever since. The school
has endeavored to cooperate fully with the
demands of the program. This typical menu
illustrates some of the ways: Fresh and
frozen fish (an abundant food), turnip
greens (donated by the community), cornbread
(made with dried eggs and soured dry
milk), potatoes (another abundant commodity)
with oleomargarine and dry milk.
The P.T.A. has been responsible in
the past for equipping the lunchroom.
Recently it has raised money for "wall to
wall" linoleum for the floor and for dish
cabinets. The principal of the school
completed plans for a summer school garden
at its last meeting. The garden will be
tended by the school boys. The products,
together with surpluses from family gardens,
will be canned in the lunchroom by
the mothers and the girls. The girls also
help the cook prepare the lunches each day.
The principal and teachers working together
quietly direct this cooperative
One day during the last week of
school the attendance worker found 83
children present. This was a larger number
than had ever been present at that
time of the year. She is positive that
the school lunch program is "holding them
to the end."
Proof of what the program means to
the community is a recent incident that
occurred. Somehow, a rumor started that
there would be no lunchroom next year.
One father made a trip to the county seat
to see about it. When the superintendent
informed him that the rumor was ill founded
he was satisfied, but just before leaving,
turned and said with emphasis, "We
couldn't do without our lunchroom."
COMMUNITY LEADERS TEAM UP
TO PROVIDE SCHOOL LUNCH BUILDING
A Report from Malvern, Ark.
Leave it to the people of Malvern,
Ark., if there is a job to be done and
done right. They know how.
What the Negro community leaders
wanted most was a school lunchroom where
their children could go every day for a
good meal. They got together to see what
could be done about providing a dining
room and a kitchen, as well as adequate
Today, they have a two-room structure
24 feet wide and 75 feet long, screens on
all the windows and doors and equipped
throughout with flourescent lights.
The dining room seats 104 high school
pupils and 125 grade school children in
shifts. The modern up-to-date kitchen is
equipped with a 2-oven hooded stove, 75gallon
hot-water tank, 3 compartment sink
with a burner under the third compartment
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United States. Department of Agriculture. Production and Marketing Administration. Participation of Negro children in school lunch programs., book, June 1951; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc6225/m1/10/: accessed May 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.