A Little History

A Little History:  The National School Lunch Program
  • The National School Lunch Act (NSLA) passed in 1946 under President Harry Truman created the modern school lunch program.  This year it celebrates its 65th birthday.
  • The school lunch program has continued to grow as an accepted part of the total educational program.  It has come to be recognized as a valuable tool in the learning process.
"The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition."
 -Thomas Edison


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