“Food Question in a nutshell is this: that the United States, with a population of one hundred and ten million, was until lately an importer of foodstuffs, but must now, owing to the exigencies of war, must feed not only itself but fifty million people of its allies as well. The non-fulfillment of this task means nothing short of defeat” -Federal Food Administrator for Maryland
Shown here is an exhibit that educated citizens about conserving valuable foods by substituting them with other ingredients.
Pictured here is a leaflet about wheat substitutes that was circulated by the Food Administration and Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Food Administration also encouraged food substitution by circulating a variety of leaflets.
An exhibit of the Pennsylvania Food Conservation Train about the uses of vegetable fats and fats saved in the household.
A display that encouraged citizens to buy their goods locally in order to save fuel. Fuel was used for shipping food and supplies to Allied soldiers, and thus it was also important to conserve.
Exhibit compiled and curated by Grace DiAgostino, in collaboration with Jason Baker, both Pathways Student Trainees at the National Archives at Philadelphia.
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View OPA catalog entries for documents used in this exhibit here: http://research.archives.gov/description/614520 & http://research.archives.gov/description/614174