Your Children's Food in Wartime World War 2 Food Rationing Home Front 1940
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YOUR CHILDREN'S FOOD IN WAR TIME LEAFLET
A replica of a leaflet Issued by the Ministry of Food
This leaflet contains information on how to best utilise their food rations for Children
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Children and RationingChildren had to have good access to food during World War Two. The British government introduced food rationing to ensure that this happened and specific information regarding children and food was issued in a Ministry of Food pamphlet.The Ministry of Food wanted parents and other adults to teach children good eating habits – and what food to avoid. Their advice came in six sections on the pamphlet:1) Why is a child’s food so vitally important?2) Foods that build bones, muscles and teeth3) Foods for the general upkeep of the body and for the protection against illness4) Food to provide energy for ceaseless activity5) Teaching good food habits6) Foods that should be restricted.Each parent was advised to take full advantage of the government’s milk schemes. Each child was entitled to “priority milk” and the use of ‘National Household Skimmed Milk’ was encouraged.Parents were also advised not to give to adults food rations that were meant to go to children – especially the meat ration. Great emphasis was put on fresh vegetables, oily fish (when available) and acceptable substitutes when certain food was unavailable. If oranges were difficult to acquire, blackcurrant syrup (for those under two years) and rosehip syrup (for those over two years) were suggested. Raw turnip was also suggested for maintaining a healthy body.The Ministry of Food encouraged parents to introduce new foods slowly and to set a good example themselves with regards to eating what might have been seen to be unusual food.Parents were actively discouraged from giving their children too much sugar, sweets, cakes and biscuits. Fried food was also not encouraged along with strong tea and coffee.WW2 Rations 1940: per one person (adult)Butter: 50g (2oz)
Bacon or ham: 100g (4oz)
Margarine: 100g (4oz)
Cooking fat/lard: 100g (4oz)
Sugar: 225g (8oz).
Meat: To the value of 1/2d and sometimes 1/10d – about 1lb (450g) to 12ozs (350g)
Milk: 3 pints (1800ml) occasionally dropping to 2 pints (1200ml).
Cheese: 2oz (50g) rising to 8oz (225g)
Eggs: 1 fresh egg a week.
Tea: 50g (2oz).
Jam: 450g (1lb) every two months.
Dried eggs: 1 packet (12 eggs) every four weeks.
Sweets & Chocolate: 350g (12oz) every four weeks