Faculty lunches had been a scorching problem in 1914 Atlanta

“Superintendent William M. Slaton and girls guests to Atlanta public faculties urge that scorching lunches be served at recess to pupils as a safeguard to well being,” a Sunday Journal journal function within the Feb. 1, 1914, version said.

“Some plan ought to be devised by which easy luncheons may very well be offered in school,” Slaton mentioned.

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Considerations about hungry college students having issues focusing at school had been paramount. In a pair of visitor articles for the Journal, V.H. Kriegshaber, one of many women who visited the town faculties, and Dr. Robert G. Stephens, the chief medical expert of Atlanta, every advocated for making scorching lunches a daily a part of every college day.

Kriegshaber identified that Inman Park Faculty efficiently made the “scorching penny lunch” work, however as one thing of a check run. Though “the board (of training) was most hearty in its endorsement of the plan, and agreed it ought to be tried,” it insisted on “the supply that the board should not be requested to bear any half within the expense,” she wrote.

“(The Girls’ Board) agreed to furnish means and, with the monetary support of mates, a lunch room was opened … a 12 months in the past,” Kriegshaber continued. “From that day, till the shut of the time period, the next June, 52,872 good, scorching, tempting lunches had been served to the pupils at Inman Park college.”

Kriegshaber stopped brief, nevertheless, of providing viable, long-term concepts for precisely how future college lunch applications can be funded.

“Sometime when the town supplies means to hold on (offering college lunch) extra extensively, it is going to be a labor of affection for the Girls’ board of holiday makers of the varsity to cooperate with the lecturers in a piece which is so very important within the increase of physique and mind of youngsters,” she wrote.

Dr. Stephens argued that college lunches had been crucial for a kid’s correct progress, functioning and general well-being.

“A baby in school age wants extra meals and extra proper sort of meals than at another time,” he wrote, including that “a baby leaving dwelling at 8 o’clock for varsity, after consuming his breakfast, regardless of how nourishing it could be, wants extra gasoline or meals to run his bodily and psychological equipment earlier than he goes to his dwelling meal after 2 o’clock.”

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Superintendent Slaton agreed.

“There ought to be a way of giving (youngsters) a light-weight, scorching lunch. Chilly lunch, introduced from dwelling, is a substitute however it’s not so good as lunch served scorching.”

Though merely getting lunch applications began in Atlanta faculties was the native advocates’ important focus over 100 years in the past, there was no easy resolution, then as now, for funding the meals.

“Earlier than the shut of the varsity time period, about fifty principals … despatched a petition to the board of training saying they might have the lunch plan inaugurated of their respective buildings if ample room and tools had been offered,” Kreigshaber wrote on the shut of her 1914 Journal visitor article, including that the petition was given to the women’ board “however for lack of funds the request couldn’t be complied with.”

Credit score: Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com

Credit score: Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com


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