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Noontime food services were provided in about 75 percent of the Nation’s 105,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools during a survey in March 1968. Most of these schools with food service participated in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Schools with food service had 41 million pupils enrolled--over 80 percent of the estimated 50.7 million pupils in all schools. Nearly 20 million pupils ate plate lunches daily. The availability of food service will increase in the future, but not as rapidly as in the past. Most of this gain will probably be within the NSLP. Impetus for increased pupil participation and availability of food service will be provided through new eligibility requirements for free lunches in the NSLP and additional funding to implement food services.


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