Schools are often too far away from most students homes to make it practical to return home for lunch. In early American schools, students brought their lunches to school in a sturdy metal bucket, which might contain bread with jam or meat sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, and dill pickles. In the middle of the day school stopped for a lunch break, a time for students to eat while sitting and talking with friends.
Today most students eat lunch in a staffed cafeteria that serves hot lunches. Some students still bring their lunch to school in a lunch box or bag. Nutrition is considered a basic ingredient to childhood development and readiness to learn. Accordingly, the responsibilities of schools have expanded to include federally funded school lunch and breakfast programs for needy children.
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