Black Panther party free breakfast program, California, courtesy of the San Francisco Public library
In 1969 The Black Panther party did not wait on government programs to address poverty in Oakland California. At the St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Oakland, they organized a breakfast program that served a 150 second, third and fourth graders breakfast in a church overlooking the Hunters Point slum. The Panthers engaged a dietitian to ensure that the children would receive healthy and appetizing breakfast meals. They served hot chocolate made with whole milk, orange juice, eggs, meat such as sausage or bacon served three times per week, toast, cereal like grits, and fresh oranges.