A first took place at Clarks Summit-Abington Junior-Senior High School on October 3, 1950. It was the first day the school offered a hot lunch to the students.
The day before, Oct. 2, the hot lunch program was also started at the Grove Street School in Clarks Summit. The students were served noodle soup, sandwiches, vegetables, cookies and milk. The cost for lunch was 20 cents. Adjusting for inflation that lunch today would be $2.11.
The jr-sr high school cafeteria and kitchen was installed over the summer at a cost of $4,500. The cafeteria had 33 tables for the students to seat and enjoy lunch with friends. The kitchen was equipped with a four-deck bake oven, 40-cubic feet stainless steel refrigerator, electric potato peeler, large electric mixer, automatic dishwasher, steam table, scullery sink, porcelain sink and 34 dozen sets of dishes and silverware.
The hot lunch program at Clarks Summit’s Division Street Grade School was started in 1949 by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association.
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