At one point, the clean-up of meals is referred to in this chapter. How do you think the meals are prepared and served? Explain the reason why you think as you do.

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Jonas lives in a highly organized, controlled society, where everything is strictly regulated and each citizen is on a tight schedule. In the story, there are several references to the "Collection Crew" and "Food Collectors," who travel throughout the community collecting and disposing of garbage. While Lowry does not go...

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Jonas lives in a highly organized, controlled society, where everything is strictly regulated and each citizen is on a tight schedule. In the story, there are several references to the "Collection Crew" and "Food Collectors," who travel throughout the community collecting and disposing of garbage. While Lowry does not go into extensive detail regarding the types of food served in the community, there are several important scenes that revolve around daily meals. In Jonas's community, each citizen eats three meals a day at specific times. There are morning, midday, and evening meals served in Jonas's community.

Each meal is prepared in the Food Production building and is then packaged and delivered in the Food Distribution Center. Safety and health are important elements in Jonas's community, which would affect the way meals are prepared and distributed. One can surmise that the food is carefully prepared in a sterile environment and there is adequate nutritional value in each meal. Given the influence of Sameness on everything in the community, one could imagine that the meals are colorless and bland. The meals are also securely packaged before the Food Delivery employees bring them to each dwelling. Families simply open the packaged food, eat the meal together, and leave the remaining food outdoors for the Collection Crew retrieve.

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