by Rhey Plumley
President Harry Truman signs the National School Lunch Act on June 4, 1946 in the Oval office at the White House. The Act authorizes the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assume half of the expense for school lunches in any State assuming the other half. Thus for the first time this program, which has run for 11 years on a year to year basis with financial participation by the States, becomes a permanent part of the Agriculture Department's activities. (L to R Missouri Congressman Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Clarence Cannon; Agriculture Secretary Clinton P. Anderson (1945-1948); Georgia Congressman Member of House Appropriations Committee Malcolm C. Tarver; Georgia Senator Member of Senate Agricultural Committee Richard Russell; Louisiana Senator Member of Senate Agricultural Committee Allen Ellender; Kansas Congressman Member of House Agriculture Committee Clifford R. Hope; Vermont Senator Member of Senate Agriculture Committee George D. Aiken; Virginia Congressman Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee John W. Flannigan; Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture Nathan Koenig; USDA Director of Food Distribution Paul C. Stark; Under Secretary USDA N. E. Dodd; and USDA Administrator Production and Marketing Administration Robert A Shields. Photo courtesy National Archives and Records Administration.
Thanks to Jas Regan, Big Picture Framing, South Burlington, for coming through in a crunch to frame flies on two occasions; Maida Townsend, representative to the Vermont House, Chittenden 7-4, member of the House Committee on Government Operations, for her help and support during and after the legislative process; David Deen, representative to the Vermont House, Windam-4, chair of the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources, who took a dream and helped make it a reality; Warren Coleman, Esq., president of the board of directors of Quimby Country, Inc., for the archived photos of Governor Aiken at Quimby; and Sheila Reid for editing, encouragement, and support.