The National School Lunch Act

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In 1906, in-school social work programs were integrated into New York City schools in hopes to bridge the gaps between schools and the communities in which they served. Since then in-school social workers has become more that just school and community liaisons but also the liaisons between the home and school, caseworkers, confidants, advocates as well as truancy reporters. In 1946, the National School Lunch Act was established and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. This policy mandated “Cash and commodities be supplied to the states, municipalities, and schools to ensure that poor children have adequate midday nutrition” (Baker, 1995). Furthermore, the policy made it possible for disadvantaged students to have the basic need of …show more content…
The historical role of social workers in the context of delivering the aforementioned services is the reality that the core job descriptions of a social worker is to be able advocate for programs such as the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act. Another portion of the job is to meet the clients where they are, whether it be at home or in school and be able to connect the disenfranchised with the goods and services they need including food programs such as the School Breakfast program and the Summer Food program. William Milliken founded Communities in Schools in 1977 with the purpose of working inside the school system. Milliken and his colleagues decided the disadvantaged families they worked with had the most trouble understanding and navigating the public and private agencies that were initially located in different areas and all followed different guidelines. With the problem being recognized, “they decided to bring these community resources inside a public school building, where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable” (in-text citation). Communities in Schools, is one of the few agencies that operate on the micro, mezzo, and macro system levels. On the Micro level CIS works with students inside the school system and being an onsite point of contact that students can access. On the Mezzo level CIS works with the families of the students in ways such as sending food home, home visits, helping parents get jobs, and conduct small family centered
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