Fall Faculty Series - What's for Lunch

September 4, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Mount Mercy University - 204 Basile Hall

Fall Faculty Series 2019What's for Lunch: A Historical Look at School Lunch Programs

Dr. Norma Linda Mattingly | Associate Professor of Education

School lunch is an essential federal program that feeds millions of hungry school children each year.  Recently, news media have shined a light on controversial practices such as lunch shaming when children don’t have the funds to pay. However, controversy over school lunch is nothing new.

This presentation looks at the history of school lunch and how it has impacted children, communities, and ideas about nutrition. From the replacement of local diets with standardized menus in places like Puerto Rico and Alaska, to the health implications of what’s on those menus, the middle meal of the day continues to have an enormous impact on American children.


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