Mrs. Patton’s School Lunches, 1921

From the June 30, 1921 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Served 9,100 Lunches in Six Months.
Mrs. George Patton Gives Interesting Account of Work in Idaho Schools.
Mrs. George Patton, who, with her husband, is visiting relatives and friends here, gives an interesting account of her work in the public schools of Fowler, Idaho.

Twenty-nine years ago, Mrs. Patton taught the seventh and eighth grades here in Skidmore, and she has taught every year since that time. For the past nine years, she has had the eighth grade at Fowler.

Mrs. Patton introduced the hot lunch into the schools of Fowler last year, and had charge of the cafeteria. She and the eighth grade girls conducted the cafeteria, and made it entirely self-supporting on a ten cent basis. Mrs. Patton buys vegetables, and any other supplies they have for sale, from the school children, always paying the market price for them.
The menu always consists of three dishes, and usually four. Thursday is known as “Hot Biscuit Day,” and the following menu is served every Thursday: Hot biscuits, butter and honey, fried apples and cocoa.
The cafeteria was opened about three months after the beginning of the school term, and during the remaining six months of the term, 9,100 hot lunches were served. 8,100 lunches were served between January 5th and the middle of May.

Mrs. Patton’s salary for the coming year will be $1,450.

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