Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat
The Origins of School Lunch in the United States
In Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat, historian A. R. Ruis explores the origins of American school meal initiatives to explain why it was (and, to some extent, has continued to be) so difficult to establish meal programs that satisfy the often competing interests of children, parents, schools, health authorities, politicians, and the food industry. Through careful studies of several key contexts and detailed analysis of the policies and politics that governed the creation of school meal programs, Ruis demonstrates how the early history of school meal program development helps us understand contemporary debates over changes to school lunch policies.
Over de auteurA.R. Ruis is a fellow in the department of surgery and department of medical history and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a researcher in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.
InhoudList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1 "The Old-Fashioned Lunch Box . . . Seems Likely to Be Extinct": The Promise of School Meals in the United States2 (Il)Legal Lunches: School Meals in Chicago3 Menus for the Melting Pot: School Meals in New York City4 Food for the Farm Belt: School Meals in Rural America5 "A Nation Ill-Housed, Ill-Clad, Ill-Nourished": School Meals under Federal Relief Programs6 From Aid to Entitlement: Creation of the National School Lunch ProgramEpilogueAcknowledgmentsNotesIndex