The essays comprising this book are diverse in terms of their particular interests, theoretical orientations, and value commitments. What unites this eclectic collection is its central purpose: to examine school lunch as an educational phenomenon. Education is a multifaceted process, connected with every dimension of the human experience. The authors whose work appears here are interested in how various aspects of school lunch affect the health, the intellectual, moral, and emotional development, and the overall well-being of those whose lives are affected—directly or indirectly—with this aspect of schooling. We are interested not only in the near-term educational effects of particular school lunch practices, but also in those that are far-reaching and long-lasting.
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