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Daily and Periodic Report of School Lunch Program documents

Identifier: S6010

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of form 391, 2 pages, Directions for Use of Period and Daily Report for School Lunch Project supplies directions for how to fill out the report form columns 1-11;

two completed copies of form 126 Daily and Period Report of School Lunch Program dated November 1942 and November 1942-December 1942. The form has a heading for month, county, city, name of school and 11 columns: (1) date, (2) daily menu, meals lunches served (3) total, complete meals (4) free and (5) paid, incomplete meals (6) free and (7) paid, value of food served (8) total (9) Garden and canning unit (10) surplus commodities (11) sponsors fund.

Two four page forms Suggested Menus for School Lunches for December 1942 the same for January 1943. Each form has a box for the complete menu (a page number reference may link item to a recipe) and one for numerical work plans (e.g. 1. set bread, 2. bake corn bread squares 3. bake beans – wash apples 4. prepare salad and chill

Page titled Average Number of Servings Obtained From Common Staples and Table of Weights, Measurements, and Symbols used in Recipes…Purchasing of Canned Foods

A few of the pages include hand written notes.


  • 1942-1943
  • Majority of material found in 1942 December, 1943 January


Biographical / Historical

Materials were created and distributed to the schools through the Minnesota Work Projects Administration (WPA), formerly the Work Progress Administration, from the Federal Works Agency or United States Work Projects Administration. They appear to be from the Hermantown school near Duluth. United States. Work Projects Administration (Minn.)

The two paragraphs below are from a speech by Ellen S. Woodward, Assistant Administrator, Works Progress Administration titled Hot Lunches for a Million School Children

Educators, health officers and state officials in Minnesota agree that increased. weight, great concentration in the classroom and fewer absences from school are some of the immediate gains resulting to children who are being fed on the WPA school lunch projects. They state that the hot lunch is of particular value to the children of unemployed parents whose food budget has been reduced to a minimum, or below the amount required for proper growth and health protection. For many of the children in Minnesota and elsewhere, the school lunch is not only the best, but sometimes the only adequate meal of the day.

To further this work of overcoming malnutrition and preventing its further progress, certain public tax-supported bodies in Minnesota have sponsored allied projects for which the WPA has supplied the labor. In some instances, milk stations provide mid-morning lunches for the needy; and in several poor districts, where children are known to leave home on almost empty stomachs milk and graham crackers are served at school before the beginning of classes.


7.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Physical Location

This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at or 218-726-8526.


This collection is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society, but is housed at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives.
Guide to the Daily and Periodic Report of School Lunch Program documents
Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Collecting Area Details

Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area

Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001
(218) 726-8526