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UW-Madison's Ruis authors book on history of school lunch in the United States

July 03, 2017

UW-Madison’s Andrew Ruis is the author of a newly released book titled, “Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States.”

Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat book coverRuis is a researcher with the Epistemic Games Group housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, which is part of the School of Education. He also is a fellow in the Department of Surgery and Department of Medical History and Bioethics at UW-Madison.

According to a preview of the book on the Rutgers University Press website, “In ‘Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat,’ historian A. R. Ruis explores the origins of American school meal initiatives to explain why it was (and, to some extent, has continued to be) so difficult to establish meal programs that satisfy the often competing interests of children, parents, schools, health authorities, politicians, and the food industry. Through careful studies of several key contexts and detailed analysis of the policies and politics that governed the creation of school meal programs, Ruis demonstrates how the early history of school meal program development helps us understand contemporary debates over changes to school lunch policies.”