Participation of Negro children in school lunch programs. Page: 22
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Joyous expressions, bright eyes, and an
abundance of energetic "bounce", as demonstrated
by the youngsters of our school--
the J. F. Gunn School, point up more dramatically
than anything else the value of
the school lunch program.
Our school has a total enrollment of
955 pupils. Of these, an average of 750--
more than 75 percent of the youngsters--
take part in the school lunch program.
With so many participating, the program is,
of course, an important phase of the daily
schedule, and is treated with seriousness
by our school staff.
Our principal is frequently seen
throughout the lunch hour observing, assisting
if the need arises, and chatting
with students and teachers during the
lunch meal. Our teachers usually eat with
the children and assist them in every way.
We emphasize orderliness and good manners,
and children are encouraged to return
their trays after completion of the meal.
The use of napkins and the proper handling
of eating tools is stressed whenever
Meals are planned by a trained manager
and prepared and served by a staff of five
persons. Our kitchen is well-equipped
and is semi-enclosed by a large glassprotected
steam table from which the food
The dining area is equally wellequipped.
Masonite-topped tables and
folding chairs are used; the room is made
attractive through the use of posters,
pictures, flowers, and draperies and venetian
blinds. The dining area has a seating
capacity of 200. Lunches are served
over a 2-1/4-hour period to accommodate
Each classroom contains posters
pointing up the nutritive value of foods,
as a part of our nutrition education
Characteristic improvements in attendance,
responsiveness, and alertness
have been noted as a result of our school
lunch program. Our youngsters are healthier
and happier, and disciplinary problems
have been lessened.
Our meals are carefully planned to
meet all nutritional standards, have plenty
of eye-appeal, and are served at a cost
of only 15 cents per plate. This low cost
permits several youngsters from a single
family to take advantage of the program.
As many as seven children from one family
are served daily.
The program has stirred considerable
community interest and support since it
was introduced, and gives promise of additional
improvements in facilities and services,
and of increases in participationin
days to come.
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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/m1/24/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.