Mid-Day Meal

Mid-day meal refers to children’s meals in childhood institutions such as kindergartens and schools. In the research literature, mid-day meals are often referred to as school lunches or school food, and the terms are used interchangeably in this entry. First, this entry examines the value of mid-day meals. Next, a variety of mid-day meal arrangements is described. This is followed by an exploration of mid-day meals as a theme of childhood studies research. Finally, this entry examines how mid-day meals are often used to promote food education with children and their parents.

The Value of Mid-Day Meals

Food for children in childhood institutions may seem to be a mundane issue; still, it may actualize a broad range of questions of nutrition, health, education, social inequality, economy, class, ...

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