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December 20, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(25):2172. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820510060019

Increasing interest in hot lunches for school children has been stimulated by a gradual growth of interest in nutrition among children during the past two or three decades. More recently surplus commodities are being diverted to use in schools, and WPA lunch projects have been organized in several communities. The nation-wide concentration on nutrition as a part of the defense effort will inevitably bring even more activity in the schools with relation to lunches.

The school lunch is especially valuable to children who live too far from school to go home for lunch or who for other reasons are compelled to carry lunches to school, and also for all others whose diet at home leaves something to be desired. At the same time the school lunch carries with it definite sanitary hazards which need to be considered and circumvented if the school lunch is to be beneficial and without danger