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School Lunches Down Through the Years

What comes to your mind when you think about your school lunches? Were they great or would you much rather forget them? I was homeschooled, but that doesn’t mean it stopped me from being picky! I remember eating peanut butter and jelly pretty consistently when I was younger!
Providing school lunches for children did not become popular or part of the main stream conscious of society here in America, until the beginning of the 1900s. Before then, children either brought their own lunches to school or walked back home at the lunch hour for lunch with their family. When it was discovered early in the 1900s, that many poverty stricken children were going with out lunch or did not have adequate nutrition, the school lunch program was born. These were often carried on by concerned women’s groups, reformers, charitable institutions and social workers. Here is a sample of a menu with prices from a school lunch program in 1912.

To illustrate the history of the school lunch, here are a couple of hilarious videos that I found that take you through school lunches down through the years. What actually still sounds good to you? What are your school lunch memories?



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