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as chickens, butter and milk, and lard and
fresh meats during hog killing time. As
another means of help the members of the
Home Demonstration Club brought to the
lunchroom such vegetables as were in excess
on their farms and canned them in
one-half gallon jars for the lunch program.
From time to time visitors called at
the school to see che operation of the
lunch program. Among these were school
inspectors, the local school board and
superintendent, and all the members of the
Board of County Commissioners. It was the
visits of these interested persons that
aided in the development of the program.
With the close of the war causing the sale
of Camp Gruber Army Post, our school board
bought for us through the War Assets Administration
a two-story barracks for the
purpose of building for Friendship School
a much needed school lunchroom.
In this new lunchroom we have a main
dining room with three tables 25 feet or
better in length with seats attached. One
hundred and fifty children may be served
at one time. Also, in this part of the
lunchroom may be found hand-washing facilities
and a blackboard, large enough for
all the children to see, on which is written
the menu being served, thus enabling
them to learn about many new body-building
In the kitchen part of the lunchroom
may be found a large built-in cabinet
across the kitchen wall for storing dishes.
The kitchen has one gas range, two oil
cook stoves, a gas hot-water tank, and a
large electric refrigerator. In addition
to the dishes we began with, we have added
the following others: One aluminum compartment
tray and a compartment china
plate for each child at a cost of Sl each,
a bowl and plate and two sets of stainless
steel table cutlery for every child.
In our pantry or storage room there
are shelves for the canned goods, bins for
potatoes, bins that are rodentproof for
storing beans and flour, and a 100-pound
icebox for storing fresh vegetables.
The cost of the new equipment was in
excess of $1900.
MEAL COSTS LOW IN TWO
A Report from Hayti
and Caruthersville, Mo,
One of the two best conducted Negro
schools in the State is the Hayti Elementary
and High School at Hayti, Mo. with
Prof. J. E. Brodie as the Principal.
Figures on lunchroom activities and accomplishments
during the 1949-50 school
Lunches served 44,132
Average daily participation 412
Free lunches served 32,457
Average price per lunch 20
The other school is the Washington
colored school, Caruthersville, with
Prof. C. J. Lunderman, principal:
Lunches served 13,091
Average daily participation 119
Free lunches served 6,652
Average price per lunch 15
HIGH PARTICIPATION MARKS SCHOOL LUNCH
PROGRAM AT J. F. GUNN SCHOOL
A Report from Burlington, N. C.
The effectiveness of a school lunch
program is not judged alone by the physical
facilities for preparing and serving
lunches--large, well-furnished lunchrooms,
gleaming kitchen and steam-table equipment,
adequate dry and refrigerated storage
space, and such. Facilities are undeniably
important in operating a program,
but the best evidence of an effective program
is found in the children themselves.
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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/m1/23/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.