The Menu for Foundling Hospitals vs Workhouses

The menu for Foundling Hospitals compared to the menu for Workhouses have some clear differences.

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The above image is an example of the menu for a Foundling Hospital. The children were given meat on a daily basis with the exception of one day. The portions were a decent size for children. They were allowed milk and sugar and potatoes.

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The above images are examples of six different menus that were served in the workhouses. There was a lack of meat for the majority of the days. A large portion of their diets consisted of gruel, bread, and cheese.

The diets shown from the Foundling Hospitals were far more pleasant and nutritious in value than that of the diets in the workhouses. Along with the work conditions, Foundling Hospitals seemed like a better alternative than workhouses.


Banerjee, Jacqueline. “Three. Life in the Foundling Hospital.” The London Foundling Hospital.