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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for Oct. 10: School Lunches


WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Following is the daily “Profile America” feature for Oct. 10 from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America Monday, October 10th. The name probably conjures up visions of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches this is National School Lunch Week. It’s a time to note the wholesome lunches being served every day to school children across the nation and to thank the many patient people who prepare and serve them. The recognized link between having a good meal and the ability of a child to learn helped bring about the National School Lunch Act more than 50 years ago. There are now over 48- million children in public schools from kindergarten through high school. Of these, 16-million receive either free or reduced-cost lunches because of their family income. Nearly 7-million of these children also eat breakfast at school. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at .

Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2005, p. 530 Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2004-2005, t. 204, 524


Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments ready to air on a monthly CD or on Internet at (look under the “Newsroom” button). For further information, contact Rick Reed at 301-763-2812, fax at 301-457-3670, or e-mail at


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