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Acton 1936

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Acton]

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The numbers of children on the free meals list during the year are as follows:—

Meals and Milk.Milk only.
No. in quarter ending 31st March25070
30th June23080
30th September20080
31st December22080
The actual numbers of free meals and bottles of milk supplied are:—
Quarter ending 31st March1201930399
30th June922324195
30th September694820054
31st December983726718

During the year it was considered that if so many children
were medically in need of meals, it must be detrimental to them if
they were deprived of free meals during the holidays. It had not
been the practice to supply meals during the holidays up to then.
During the Christmas holidays therefore, three Centres were chosen,
and meals were supplied to the children there on every day except
Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas and Boxing Day. The attendance
was very good, out of a possible 211 children, 188 attended, and out
of a possible total of 1880 meals, 1539 were served. The facilities
were evidently appreciated, and the opening of the Centres for the
purpose of holiday meals was justified by the good attendance of the
Approximately 150 families were helped with free meals
or milk during 1936, the numbers in the families ranging from one
to six.
Speech Training Classes.
Classes for speech training are still being held at the Priory
School twice a week.
The Stammerers are now divided into two classes, one for
children of ten years and under, the other for children of eleven