Free School Milk

Letter from Penzance Borough Education Committee to Gulval School, 24th Nov 1943

In 1921 free milk was introduced in schools for children from poorer families. During WW2 all unaccompanied evacuees were given free milk. The School Milk Act (1946), which was part of a range of post-war welfare reforms, ensured that every child under five received free milk. Today all children under five receive free school milk.

Letter from Penzance Borough Education Committee to Gulval School, 24th Nov 1943. CRO reference: SRC/DC/8a/21
Document 1 - CRO reference: SRC/DC/8a/21

Local Children

Look at document 1

  • How many times a day was free milk to be supplied?

  • Who was eligible to receive it?

Letter from Penzance Borough Education Committee to Gulval School, 24th Nov 1943. CRO reference: SRC/DC/8a/21
Document 2 - CRO reference: SRC/DC/8a/21

Evacuee Children

Look at document 2.

  • Why do you think that all unaccompanied evacuee children were eligible for milk?