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for sanitizing dishes, a lavatory for
workers, refrigerator, work table, and
steam table. Adjoining the kitchen is the
well-planned storeroom with enough shelves
to hold supplies.
Two workers neatly dressed in white
uniforms prepare the lunches and one girl
and two boys from the high school serve.
The work goes off smoothly.
The meal the youngsters get is a Type
A lunch, or a complete meal, with milk.
It is the balanced lunch which provides
about one-third of the daily food requirements.
Typical of the meals is one served
recently--orange juice, Welsh rabbit,
buttered green peas, cabbage-celery salad,
Getting the equipment was not so difficult.
The Malvern School Board bought
most of it. The stove was a gift of the
Junior Service League.
But what about money for the building?
Where would they get it? That was
the big proposition these people were up
Several leaders got together and
figured they would need about $2,500. So
this is where they called in other community
leaders to work to raise $2,500. The
needed "push" came from Mr. E. E. Bailey,
school principal, and two of the town's
leading businessmen, Mr. Eutah Jones and
Mr. Henry Miller.
Mr. Jones was appointed "straw boss"
and he immediately organized the leaders
into six teams to canvass the town for
pledges and cash donations. They made a
report once a week. The job finally was
finished--4 months later. The lunchroom
problem was settled.
We hired two carpenters and they threw in
a day's work apiece. Two plumbers gave a
day's work apiece and that finished the
When the other businessman, Mr. Miller,
was asked why he gave so much time to
the lunchroom he said, "I believe the
lunchroom has a place in teaching our
children to eat the right food. I want my
granddaughter and all other children to
have the opportunity I didn't have."
Surplus agricultural products bought
by the U. S. Department of Agriculture
from farmers under Government price-support
programs and donated to us have helped
to provide better lunches for the
children. These products include: Potatoes,
dried eggs, dry milk, canned orange
juice, canned tomatoes, fresh pears, fresh
apples, and many other wholesome foods
that growing children need to be strong
In this way the school lunchroom in
Malvern is helping to carry out the principles
of the National School Lunch Act:
(1) to provide growing children with
wholesome foods; and (2) to create larger
markets for farm products.
Mr. Bailey believes the school lunch
program should be a part of all schools in
the State. "Attendance is better, morale
is improved, and the children are more
energetic. You know, you can't teach a
child on an empty stomach," he said.
Questioned not so long ago about the
community project, Mr. Jones had this to
say: "I think the lunch is a fine thing.
I gave a cash contribution, and devoted my
time free to constructing the building.
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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/m1/11/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.