What are "surplus agricultural commodities?" Commodities may not sound much like food, but historically this meant the basic items produced from a farm; corn, wheat, soy, rice, meat, milk, eggs, fruit and vegetables. Not so much now, but we'll get to that in a later lesson.
In many ways, the 1946 legislation was well-intentioned if not fairly administrated. Okay, it sounded good at least.
Here's a few other quotes from the 1946 legislation that might make us all yearn for the good old days, or at least the old days of good lunch as it was promised:
- "The need for a permanent legislative basis for a school lunch program, rather than operating it on a year-to-year basis, or one dependent solely on agricultural surpluses that for a child may be nutritionally unbalanced or nutritionally unattractive, has now become apparent."
- "It is hereby declared to be the policy of Congress, as a measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities and other food ..."
- "The educational features of a properly chosen diet served at school should not be under-emphasized. Not only is the child taught what a good diet consists of, but his parents and family likewise are indirectly instructed."
Milk, whole, 1/2 pint
Protein-rich food consisting of any of the following or a combination thereof:
- 2 oz. Fresh or processed meat, poultry meat, cheese, cooked or canned fish
- Dry peas or beans or soy beans, cooked, ½ cup
- Peanut Butter, 4 tbsp.
- Eggs, 1
Raw, cooked, or canned vegetables or fruits, or both, ¾ cup
Bread, muffins or hot bread made of whole grain cereal or enriched flour, 1 portion