chapter  7
12 Pages

Socialism and yeast cakes with vanilla cream

School canteens in Czechoslovakia, 1950s to 1970s
WithMartin Franc

According to experts in Czechoslovakia in the aftermath of the Second World War, efforts to rationalize the nutrition of children should focus in particular on food in school canteens. In the 1950s, the network of canteens developed rapidly, and the number of pupils attending them was rising sharply. Nowadays, school canteens are a frequent topic of memories of people recalling life in Czechoslovakia before 1989. The opinion about school canteens is highly divided: for some they were the source of dietary trauma, while others reminisce over them generally positively, in spite of all drawbacks. This chapter narrates this history.