10,000 Indianapolis School Children Receive Mid-Morning Lunch of Milk and Crackers

From The Indianapolis News, Tuesday, May 11, 1920:  Ten thousand children in forty-eight Indianapolis public schools are now receiving a mid-morning lunch of a half-pint of milk and two Graham crackers through the work of Indianapolis School Lunch Association.  For children who can afford to pay, the lunch costs 4 cents.  Those who cannot pay still receive the lunch and the cost comes from money raised by the association.  When the lunches began, the weight and height of each child was taken, and at the close of the school year these measurements will be taken again, and notes compared as to changes in among other things scholastic standing and mental attitude.   Plans are being made to expand the program next year to include hot lunches for some children and to serve milk and cracker lunches to a much larger number.  


“10,000 Indianapolis School Children Receive Mid-Morning Lunch of Milk and Crackers,” The Indianapolis News, 11 May 1920, p. 4:1






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