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 food met while they were in school. The National Lunch Act also initiated the Pilot Breakfast Program that launched in 1966 that stated, “Schools were required to serve the meal free of charge or at reduced charge to children who were unable to pay the full charge, and as in the case of the school lunch program, there could be no segregation of, or discrimination against, any child because of inability to pay” (in-text citation). Collectively these programs are considered to be the blueprint for the current Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act enacted in 2010. This policy is an all-inclusive policy that encompasses programs such as: “National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for
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