This poster was put out in 1917 as part of a government program to conserve food and eliminate waste during World War I. Besides feeding the US population, food resources were also needed overseas to feed the troops being sent over to fight.
Herbert Hoover was given the ok by President Wilson to develop this voluntary system that he called Food Conservation. Hoover wanted to avoid rationing so a campaign to remind people to not overeat, use all food up and not waste anything was started. The idea of "Meatless Mondays" and "Wheatless Wednesdays" started with this plan.
Hoover was able to reduce food consumption and waste in America by 15% all on a voluntary basis with no rationing!
Not only did the US supply the troops but they helped feed their Allies troops as well. US farm exports to Europe tripled during and immediately after the war. The surplus helped alleviate European citizens experiencing a massive post war famine.
I love this line in the poster....."Demonstrate Thrift In Your Home. Make Saving, Rather Than Spending, Your Social Standard."
Time to get back to the qualities of 1917.
Here is what actually got served last week....
Sunday--Kielbasa on Rolls, Caramelized Onions, Potato Salad
Monday--Chinese take-out for Lunch, then leftovers and appetizers for New Years at home
Tuesday--Lunch out w/Hubs, Leftovers for Dinner
Thursday--Pizza, Caesar Salad, I had soup(not feeling well)
Friday--Subway sandwiches(used a gift card)Saturday--Leftovers-Chicken and Dumplings/Roast & Roasted Veggies, Ham Rolls
The food spending last week?
There was NO food spending.
Didn't darken a grocery store's door last week.
$400 food budget goes into this week intact.
As for leftovers rolling into this week--we have 1 helping of Chicken and Dumplings left, Rolls from Christmas and some Taco Filling.
Here is what is getting served this week.....
Sunday--Baked Salmon, leftover P. Salad, Green Beans(from the garden), leftover rolls
Monday--Chinese take-out(again!), teen had Taco Bell
Tuesday--Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes
Wednesday--Rigatoni w/Meat Sauce, Brussel Sprouts, Rolls(made into Garlic bread)
Thursday--Cheesesteaks, Creamed Spinach
Friday--Roast Chicken, Stuffing, leftover Rolls, Corn, Cranberry GlopSaturday--Leftovers or Fend for Yourself or Breakfast for Dinner
I'll use up the rolls at various dinners, the taco filling goes into the Meat Sauce for the Rigatoni, the Chicken and Dumplings will be my lunch one day. We have some Salmon and Green Beans leftover from Sunday which I'll eat for lunch as well. Saturday we'll have leftover from this week--Corned Beef meal, Rigatoni meal and Roast Chicken meal to choose from for dinners that evening.
Needed at the store to serve this lot?
I'll need a head of cabbage, a roasting chicken, both of which are on sale this week. I'll pick up some fruit too. The leftover roasting chicken will either form the basis of a homemade pot pie next week or chicken salad for sammies(if I find a deal on apples or grapes).
There are some great or good deals this week I will pick up too.....Ground Beef at $2.28 lb, Bacon for $2.98, another Roasting Chicken or two at $.78 lb. and maybe some Catfish at $5.99 lb.
Target spending for the cabbage and chicken? $9.00
Fruit for $7.00.
The stock-ups could go as high as $50 I think.
What's on your menu for the week? Any good deals in the grocers this week?