School Lunch 1946

Go Back   The Diabetes Forum Support Community For Diabetics Online > Diabetes Forum Start Here > Diabetes News

Diabetes News The Diabetes News section is a place to share any new stories or information you have come across related to Diabetes for the rest of the forum to share and discuss. If you have seen or read about new medication, diabetes treatments, medical breakthroughs or any interesting stories of personal interest then please post and discuss them here. From time to time we will take some of the Diabetes News stories from this section and write them up in our Diabetes Blog.

Like Tree2Likes
  • 1 Post By fgummett
  • 1 Post By Shanny

School Lunch 1946

Closed Thread
Shared Thread Thread Tools
Old 06-06-2011, 21:09   #1
Senior Member
fgummett's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 460

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2003

482 likes received
128 likes given
Default School Lunch 1946

Recently Michele Obama announced a school lunch initiative, so this blog post by Tom Naughton over at FatHead just caught my interest...

A reader sent me a link to a site promoting an exhibit at the National Archives titled What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? Here’s a brief description from the site:

From the farm to the dinner table, explore the records of the National Archives that trace the Government’s effect on what Americans eat.

Without actually seeing the exhibit, I’m going to guess whoever created it has a more positive view of the government’s effect on what we eat than I do. But as I clicked around the site, I found this school-lunch recipe from 1946, which the exhibit states was the first year of the nationwide school lunch program:

Eighteen ounces of flour. Okay, not my favorite ingredient, but it’s not much for 100 portions. Now look at the rest of the recipe: 2 pounds of table fat, 2 gallons of milk, 18 eggs and 10 pounds of ham.

If that was on the menu in schools today, my girls might not be packing their own lunches.
The comments are well worth a read also

for example...
I like that the milk is just called milk, nothing about it being 2%, 1%, or skim.
and again...
Using data from the USDA Food Nutrient Report, SR23, and assuming the table fat was lard, the per serving composition was:
Protein 13 g
Carbs 9 g
Fat 17 g
... to which Tom replied
That’s 63% fat by calories. Serve that to school kids today, and you’d be brought up on charges.

Shanny likes this.
52, Metabolic Syndrome (Type 2) Diagnosed March 2003 - MDI then Pump(ed) 5+ years
Real whole food diet, including natural fats; avoiding starches, grains and most fruit -- physically active -- 8u Levemir each night

Last edited by fgummett; 06-06-2011 at 21:12.
fgummett is offline  
Old 06-07-2011, 03:02   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 24,394

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2009

23930 likes received
32255 likes given

Five years after THIS school lunch menu, I started first grade & found the school kitchen manned by one single cook, a lady who had cut her teeth cooking for the big ranches up in the Sandhills. I'm sure cooking one meal a day for 75-80 kids was child's play compared to three meals a day for ravenous ranch hands. And OMG she could cook. And this ham "shortcake" sounds just like something she'd fix . . . ladled generously over cornbread - I LOVED her cornbread.

Thanks for this post, Frank . . . I hadn't thought about Ethel in a long time!

fgummett likes this.
Shanny is offline  
Old 06-07-2011, 03:25   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: United States
Posts: 8,795

Member Type
Type Undiagnosed
Diagnosed in 2010

6333 likes received
12139 likes given

My mother was not a cook, and I loved the school lunches and they were GOOD! I remember smelling the rolls cooking before lunch and loved the food that was right after WW2. A big change from today's menus. I got a friend who was a lunchroom cook to come and teach me some recipes one year and copied some of those, but that was in the early '70's when they still served real food!


View Patdart's full Diabetes Forum profile here.
Patdart is offline  
Old 06-07-2011, 03:35   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 24,394

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2009

23930 likes received
32255 likes given

I worked in school lunch from mid-70s to mid-80s, and yes - it was real food, cooked from scratch all the way. That's where I perfected my mayonnaise-making skills - we even made that from scratch - the recipe made ten gallons!

Shanny is offline  
Old 06-07-2011, 04:02   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Washington, US
Posts: 298

Member Type
Type 1
Diagnosed in 2010

30 likes received

My great aunt was our lunch cook... Loved a lot of her food... My favorite was her rolls... When we were home about 5 years ago she made a small batch just for me


Diagnosed 8/9/10 A1c 11.4
11/8/10 A1c 5.1
1/4/11 A1c 5.2
2/8/11 A1c 5.2
6/7/11 A1c 5.7

Levemir 16 units
Humalog when needed
Gabapentin 800 mg x3 per day
Calcium w/vit. D
Cinnamon 500 mg x2 per day
Chesney is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Way Back In 1946 Richard157 Diabetes 1 01-12-2011 21:41
Too Many Sugar Lows Following Lunch. Why ??? righteousdude2 Diabetes Diet and Nutrition 2 05-31-2010 05:46
Going Back To School At Age 50 breezeonby Diabetes Forum Lounge 27 05-01-2010 04:10
what was your lunch/dinner today? meurtelken Diabetes Diet and Nutrition 64 01-24-2009 19:40

By using this Website, you agree to abide by our Terms and Conditions (the "Terms"). This notice does not replace our Terms, which you must read in full as they contain important information. You must not post any defamatory, unlawful or undesirable content, or any content copied from a third party, on the Website. You must not copy material from the Website except in accordance with the Terms. This Website gives users an opportunity to share information only and is not intended to contain any advice which you should rely upon. It does not replace the need to take professional or other advice. We have no liability to you or any other person in respect of any content on this Website.

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:37.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.