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January 25, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(4):285. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530300037009

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An item cabled from Berlin appeared in the newspapers recently, stating that the municipal authorities in that city are facing a serious problem in connection with the food supply of children attending the primary schools of the city. According to the dispatch nearly 12,000 children go to school in the morning without breakfast and, in most cases, without any prospect of a midday meal. Of these, about 5,000 are reported as being cared for by the Children's Canteen Society, a local organization which furnishes meals to school children not otherwise able to obtain them. The other 7,000 children, however, are totally unprovided for. The question of the city's responsibility for these children has been raised by the socialistic members of the municipal council, who propose that the city shall, in the future, see to feeding them. It is estimated that about $38,000 will be required for this purpose during the

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