The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provided subsidies to school districts to provide free meals to all children. To receive the funds, school districts had to offer meals to poor children for free or reduced prices that conformed to the “recommended daily allowances” of the “Basic 7.”
Bowing to southern segregationists, the NSLP allowed state and local governments to impose their own requirements for funding, allowing for discrimination and enabling districts where racial segregation prevailed to deny resources to schools with large numbers of students of color. These racialized barriers to access endured for decades.
How did the National School Lunch Program work?
THE SNAP CAFÉ
Galleries & Exhibits
- 11865-1925: Hunger in the Industrial City
- 21929-1940: America in Crisis and Recovery
- 31945-1965: WWII and the Paradoxes of the Postwar Era
- 41955-1980: The Fight for the Right to Food
- 51975-1996: The Unmaking of the Great Society
- 61997-Present: How It Is — And How It Should Be