Chapter One: Birth of School Nutrition Programs

Dr. Martin discusses the purpose of child nutrition programs, including some of the early efforts of the pioneers who first saw the need for these programs, and how these events in the early part of the twentieth century led to the passing of the National School Lunch Act of 1946. She also shares the story of how she first became involved in the field.

Chapter Two: Federal Legislation for School Nutrition Programs

Dr. Martin shares her experiences of testifying before Congress in the 1960s and 1970s as child nutrition programs became a major legislative issue. Senators McGovern and Dole led a bi-partisan effort throughout this period in support of these programs.

Chapter Three: Training, Nutrition and Physical Fitness

Dr. Martin discusses the need for food service training as the child nutrition programs expanded. This need included a national institute for training child nutrition personnel as well as the Nutrition and Education Training Program (NET Program) established by Congress in 1977. Congress funded the development of the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) in 1989, and Dr. Martin became first full time Executive Director in 1991.

Chapter Four: Menu, Evolution and the Future for School Nutrition

Dr. Martin discusses the collaborative effort required among school food service personnel, teachers, and parents in order to have a successful school nutrition program. She also shares the changes she has seen in school meals over the years as well as what she believes the future holds for child nutrition programs.