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School Lunch Politics:
The Surprising History of America's Favorite Welfare Program
Susan Levine

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List of Illustrations and Tables vii
Acknowledgments ix
INTRODUCTION: The Politics of Lunch 1

CHAPTER 1: A Diet for Americans 10
The Search for a Scientific Diet 12
A Diet for Americans 23
Nutrition and Malnutrition 29
School Lunch as Public Policy 33

CHAPTER 2: Welfare for Farmers and Children 39
School Lunches for Hungry Children 40
Eating the Surplus 45
The Institutionalization of School Lunch 49

CHAPTER 3: Nutrition Standards and Standard Diets 54
School Lunch Standards 54
Nutrition in the National Defense 60
Eating Democracy 66

CHAPTER 4: A National School Lunch Program 71
Agriculture or Education? 73
The Liberal Compromise 76
Discrimination and Segregation 82

CHAPTER 5: Ideals and Realities in the Lunchroom 89
Nutrition and Surplus Commodities 91
Nutrition and the Food Service Industry 95
The Limits of the Lunchroom 98

CHAPTER 6: No Free Lunch 105
Discovering Hunger in America 106
Agriculture or Welfare? 108
Food and the Poverty Line 120

CHAPTER 7: A Right to Lunch 127
The Free Lunch Mandate 128
The Women's Campaign 130
School Lunch and Civil Rights 136
Eligibility Standards and the Right to Lunch 142

CHAPTER 8: Let Them Eat Ketchup 151
Who Pays for Free Lunch? 152
Combo Meals and Nutrition Standards 163
Ketchup and Other Vegetables 171
EPILOGUE Fast Food and Poor Children 179

Notes 193
Index 243

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