One Out of Three

February 1962
Education Digest;Feb1962, Vol. 27 Issue 6, p56
This article presents a review of previously established National School Lunch Program in the U.S. Sixteen years ago, permanent legislation was enacted. Now one out of every three elementary- and high-school students is eating a well-balanced noon meal at school under the federal-state-local program. Some 64,000 participating public and nonprofit private schools comprise the largest segment of the entire food service industry. States and communities buy about four-fifths of the food for the billion-dollar program from local suppliers, at a cost this year of $610 million, of which the federal, government provides $98.6 million. Washington is also buying $70 million worth of food this year and furnishing over $100 million worth from its ample stocks of surplus commodities. This means that states, cities, and counties are putting up about $511.4 million for school-lunch foods, nearly all spent locally, and some $200 million for local services. But the pennies paid by the children cover all but $111.4 million of the $711.4 million total ostensibly expended by state and local government.


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