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Defense material file” ervi ces BULLETIN GROUP SERVICES BRANCH ISSUED BY DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION NUMBER 2 CONSUMER DIVISION OFFICE OF PRICE ADMINISTRATION April, 1943 THE MEATS, FATS AND OILS PROGRAM Food means freedom! Freedom for the fighting men of the United Nations; men locked in battle against the enemy on battle fronts all over the world. Food means freedom for farmers, factory workers, miners, merchants, lawyers, lumberjacks. bankers, doctors, clerks, carpenters; women and children; Negroes, whites and orientals; Catholics, Jews Protestants. Food is courage; blood and bone and flesh. Food will shorten the war--and win it. The rationing of meats, butter and other fats is the largest and most comprehensive rationing program yet undertaken by the Government. It controls the distribution of nearly 22 billion pounds of food stuffs to practically every man, women, and child in the Continental U.S.A. who is not in the armed forces. Your organization can be a force in making this program work effectively. Why Ration Food follows the flag. As our armed forces grow and as our flag advances, the demand for food becomes greater and greater. In spite of the almost superhuman efforts of the farmer, the livestock grower and American industry, there is only a certain amount of food. It takes time to produce it. The production of meat, for example, is governed by the laws of nature. It takes more than a year to “build” a good beef steer -- longer than to build a de- s troyer. A growing quantity of foods is needed to give our fighters and our fighting Allies the fight- ing foods they need, which, with the increased civilian demand, leaves less for us at hone. Our boys in the forces need more food as fighters than they did as civilians. Moreover, demand for the rationed products has increased at home, mainly because our popu- lation is working harder and longer hours, is earning more money, and has more to spend for food. Imports of the rationed commodities have been cut off by war conditions, but the volume we formerly sold in the export market has been maintained under the Lend-Lease program. To maintain health and efficiency, we must all share-and-share-alike. Rationing is the only way of insuring an equal share. Food rationing is no fun for anybody. War is like that. But let’s look at it this way. Those “little red stamps” are another way of stopping those big black tanks, dropping those zeros, and sending those subs to the bottom. They slow down the thoughtless for the work- ing woman who can’t shop till late. They help to take the fN L~ ~(fQ~r~ I” 1/’ A 0 “black” out of the black market. They constantly remind us that our boys will “eat best” even if we eat less, Foods Rationed All fresh, frozen, cured and canned beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, including all variety meats such as liver, heart, kidney, brain etc., and all sausage. All canned fish, cheeses (ex- cluding perishable cheeses such as cottage cream, bleu, etc.) butter, lard, margarine, shortening, salad and cooking oils. Rationing Technique “Point Rationing”, as used for processed foods. Stamps Used The Red Stamps in War Ration Book Two Stamps may be used for any of the rationed commodities. The same stamps are used In the purchase of meat, cheese, butter, canned fish, margarine, etc. Neither the letters nor the numerals designate any specific commodity which may be purchased.
|Title||Group services bulletin, no. 2|
|Creator||United States. Office of Price Administration|
Price regulation--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Food supply--United States--Illinois
|Description||This publication from the Office of Price Administration carried reports of what various organizations were doing on the programs of price control and rationing in 1943.|
|Contributing Institution||Illinois State Library|
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