We all tasted school lunch, some of us like it while others not so much. Either way, it something that was part of our childhood. The question is, how did school lunches start? In 1946, President Harry Truman signed a National School Lunch Act. This act established free meal for students who attends public and nonprofit private schools. In the period of 1894 the New England ran as a ‘private enterprise’ thanks to Ellen Richards and Edward Atkinson. Ellen Richard was chemist that did industrial and environmental. Today you will read the history throughout our school lunches. If it was fair or Is it appealing?
During the time of 1894, some of the lunches started to appeared in Philadelphia and Boston. They were one of the first majors cities to attempt a school lunch program in the public schools in the United States. Ellen Richard and Edward Atkinson were the reason of the development of this program, thus making them the reason for cities starting the programs. The New England ran a program as a ‘private enterprise’ that paid itself many times.Which allowed student to pay for their own meals. Although many of the lunches really never were providing as a helping tool for Nutrition the founders had envisaged. By the time we hit the twentieth century they were being praised for providing great meals and low prices that could normally not be offered to them. Even though it wasn’t free, many of the school lunches still provided you to pay only a small amount of money to give for you can receive a lunch. It would usually have cost you a penny at one school. Then soon it later spread to other schools by giving a penny for each of your meal servings. In boston, the woman’s Educational and Industrial Union began serving hot meals to high schools and primary located kitchen was used to prepare the meals which were later transported to the participating schools.
By the time we hit the 19 century meals were carefully authorize by nutrition Scientist. Menus were developed to ensure each student ate the same amount of calories calculated to maximize his or her learning potential. In 1912 there was over 40 cities that had the lunch program in their elementary school. In 1913 in New York the N.Y.A.I.C.P. (New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor). They were serving 600,000 meals for a year but it was only one penny per student a meal. Later private agencies could not afford the programs on the scale they thought was necessary especially in the face of rising food prices. Many of the children who was attending school were left to search for their own foods. Since most of the women found work outside of their homes and leaving the child to find their own food.
Speaking of food, one of the main dish is soup. Which was either split pea with bread with butter, costing 5 cents. Also another dish is hot dish, which is basically veal stew with vegetable and bread with butter, costing 10 cents. Oh don’t forget you vegetables with lima beans only 3 cents. Each meal and beverage were ranging between 1 to 10 cents. Some I suppose are good food. Now a days, people complain how food is terrible and need more flavor. “Some of it is nasty but some of it is fine. Sometimes they overcooked or just make it taste really weird.”,said a New Tech student. The food is shown to be unpleasant for some people but others seem to enjoy it. “Yeah I mean it’s not the best but it something that you should be grateful for because it’s food that should be enjoyed to every last bite.” So whether if it is good or not. If history showed us any different and how we learned how it was created it still something we carry on as a great memory of our time in school.