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board and local efforts. The school must
meet certain health and fire-prevention
standards before it can be approved for
the School Lunch Program. Local citizens
are employed to prepare and serve the
lunches. Children learn to eat together,
are trained to improve table manners,
learn to be helpful and cooperative.
If your community does not have the
School Lunch Program, offer to work with
the teacher and parent-teacher association
in securing it. But do not leave the job
to the teacher after the program becomes
effective. Continue giving your help in
order that the aims of the School Lunch
Program may be more fully realized to
"safeguard the health and welfare of the
Nation's children by encouraging them to
eat more nutritious food." Help them to
become the strong men and women of tomorrow
by seeing that they are well fed
NCCPT PRESIDENT SAYS CHILDREN GAIN
MANY BENEFITS FROM SCHOOL LUNCHES
The National Congress of Colored
Parents and Teachers operates in 19 States
including the District of Columbia, and
has a membership of 125,000. In these
States, the lunch program is in operation
and is an integral part of the total
school program. The lunches--warm, nutritious,
and well-balanced--afford to our
students fine opportunity for learning
nutrition, good health habits, and
Our records indicate that in schools
where the well-balanced lunch is served,
children show gains in weight, in ability
to focus attention, and in school attendance.
The program is sponsored by our members,
and often the lunchroom is equipped
by them. Aside from that they take care
of deficits which often occur at the
close of the school year. Donations of
foods and labor and money for salaries of
hired workers are made regularly by the
Our educational program is concerned
with teaching the value of this service
in order that parents will encourage
their children to eat regularly in the
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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/m1/7/: accessed April 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.