Instructor: Alene Morrison
May 1, 2012
People tend to say that there are many of problems with public schools. School food service programs such as we have in 1971 did not just happen overnight nor even during the past decade. Preceding today’s programs is a long history of development of testing and evaluating and of constant research to provide the best in nutrition, nutrition education, and food service for the nations millions of children in schools. Gordon W. Gunderson, a native of Wisconsin was elected in the fall of 1939 to represent the U.S Department of Agriculture to supervise its program in Wisconsin of distributing donated commodities to establish school lunch programs. During World War II his duties also included the administration of war food programs in the state. Nevertheless, the program was not expanding as rapidly as desirable. The year-to-year appropriations by the Congress without legislation assuring a continuation of program operations in years ahead, and the past experience of a drastic falling off in Federal support by means of donated foods, made-school boards hesitant to undertake the program. The first amendment to the National School Lunch Act occurred in 1952. It changed the formula concerning the apportionment of school lunch funds to Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands both as to food and non-food assistance funds. The same amendment also provided that in the first apportionment of funds following the enactment of the amendment, the amounts received by Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands should "not be less than that amount which will result in an allotment per child. The 79th Congress (1946) recognized the need. Legislation was introduced to give the program a permanent status and to authorize the necessary appropriations for it. Following...