The National Lunch Act And Its Subsequent Revisions

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People live in a complex world where things are never as simple as they seem. Officials agree that in order for students to perform well in school, their basic needs have to be met (in conjunction with the ideas of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs). While schools may not be able to provide a safe place to sleep or warm clothing during the winter, they can provide a healthy, nutritious meal. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, the number of children under 18 years of age living below the federal poverty level of $23,550 for a family of four represent 21.1% of the population (“Child Poverty,” n.d.). The National Lunch Act and its subsequent revisions have sought to mitigate the effects of hunger. Unfortunately, there are other circumstances that affect the desired outcomes of serving a balanced meal to students in need.
Background
The National Lunch Act was first developed to both meet the needs of two groups. During the Depression of the 1930’s, with people out of work, a tremendous need developed for all sorts of aid. People were out of work and hungry. Because people were out of work, the markets were filled with unsold products. There was a large surplus of farm products and farm prices declined. In 1930, 21.5 percent of the workforce was employed in agriculture, so low prices were devastating (Dimitrik, Effland, & Conklin, 2005). Congress decided to take action in 1935 to help both farmers and children. Public Law 320 was passed and approved on August…

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