U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for October 11: School Lunches

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America — Tuesday, October 11th. This is National School Lunch Week — a name that probably conjures up visions of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and other, somewhat mysterious cafeteria substances. But it's time to note the wholesome lunches being served every day to schoolchildren across the nation, and to thank the many patient people who prepare and serve them. There is a recognized link between having a good meal and the ability of a child to learn. This led to the National School Lunch Act in 1946. There are now some 58 million children in schools from nursery or kindergarten through high school. Of these, 30.5 million receive either free or reduced-cost lunches because of their family income. Over 14 million of these children also eat breakfast at school. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

National School Lunch Week/accessed 8/3/2016: http://www.eatwellmd.org/page/2016-2017-creative-editorial-calendar 
First Federal involvement/accessed 8/3/2016: http://www.fns.usda.gov/slp 
Learning and nutrition/accessed 8/3/2016:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/nslp/history_8 
Student population/All races table: http://www.census.gov/hhes/school/data/cps/2014/tables.html 
Lunch participants/accessed 8/3/2016:
Breakfast program/accessed 8/3/2016:

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu). 

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