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Ferrell, Area Home Economist, Food Program
Branch, Atlanta, Ga., gave a demonstration
of the use of such commodities. A representative
from the. Food Distribution Program,
State Department of Education,
answered questions pertaining to commodities,
as did Mrs. Bertha Thompson of
P.M.A., Little Rock, Ark.
No program is complete without allowing
time to answer questions and give
guidance in solving individual problems.
Part of the second day was devoted to this
phase of the program. The school lunch
workshop participants were given an opportunity.
to give their evaluations of the
workshop. They also gave the following
suggestions for workshops next summer:
1. Give more demonstrations.
2. Spend more time on menu planning.
3. Extend the workshop for a longer
period of time.
4. Decide on one theme for a workshop.
5. Plan some type of recreation for
6. Set up exhibit of equipment.
7. Arrange for more group work.
8. Let members of workshop do more
participation in food preparation.
A good beginning has been made for
training Negro School Lunch personnel in
Georgia. Plans will be made to continue
to have workshops and they will include
many of the suggestions made at the first
FRIENDSHIP SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM
A Report from Oktaha, Okla.
Friendship School is located in the
little farming town of Oktaha, Muskogee
Nine-tenths of the patrons of this
school must depend on the farm as a means
of living. Many 'times they do not have
cash but they do have a heart full of cooperation
for the things which will better
conditions in their school and for their
One afternoon in early October of
1945, the County School Lunch Supervisor
called at the school to discuss plans for
starting a school lunch program. At that
time it seemed impossible to begin a
school lunch program as the school consisted
of only four class rooms and a
stage. After discussing the plans with
her, we decided to call a meeting of the
following persons: The President of the
Farm Neighborhood Patrol, a farm club organized
by the county agents during the
war; the president and members of the Home
Demonstration Club; the pastor of the
church and his wife and other interested
It was at this meeting that plans
were made to begin the present school
lunch program. The Neighborhood Patrol
gave us our first $25 for equipment. One
of the leading merchants gave us enough
dishes from his store for each child to
have a plate, bowl, cup, and dessert
saucer. Nonfood assistance in the amount
of $125 supplied our program with tableware,
cooking utensils, and other needed
items. Application was made to the State
Board of Public Welfare for stoves and
other cooking equipment which they had on
hand to be loaned to the schools.
With these things on hand to begin
the program, and with the four class rooms
full of children, it was decided that the
stage was the only available place for the
kitchen. The men of our community donated
the material and built the tables,shelves,
and racks on this stage to give it the appearance
of a real kitchen. The linoleum
on the stage floor was donated by another
The parents decided they would pay 10
cents per meal for the children and donate
from their farms many items of food, such
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