School Lunch Poster 1944

War Food Administration Poster, 1944 (Source: NARA)

The National Archives and Records Administration writes:

“In its early years, school lunch was a child welfare program. Later it became a matter of national security. Malnourished children did not grow up to be good soldiers. In 1943 the War Food Administration took over—and dramatically expanded—the federal school lunch program.”

Just two years later, Congress enacted the National School Lunch Act, which directed excess farm products to America’s schools.


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