How was the National School Lunch Program perceived?
“It Happens Every Noon” functioned as both promotion and a step-by-step guidebook for the National School Lunch Program, encouraging its audience to start a lunch program at their school. The film shows multiple school contexts: a suburban, mostly-white school where nutritious meals help students grow up to be doctors, lawyers, and “tomorrow’s spacemen”; a mostly-Black “city school” with a kitchen delivering bagged lunches; and a remote, country school where teachers distribute the “only meal [students] will receive all day.” Rather than pointing to systemic barriers to participation or flaws in the program’s structure, the film presents lack of participation as a result of the failures of local school communities.
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