Food Poverty in Perspective : What was rationing like during WW2

We need to look at food poverty in perspective. Think about what we eat now in a fairly sedentary lifestyle.

Now look at at what the adult rations were during the Second World war for an active adult.
Weekly ration for 1 adult

  • Bacon & Ham 4 oz
  • Meat to the value of 1 shilling and sixpence (around about 1/2 lb minced beef)
  • Butter 2 oz
  • Cheese 2 oz
  • Margarine 4 oz
  • Cooking fat 4 oz
  • Milk 3 pints
  • Sugar 8 oz
  • Preserves 1 lb every 2 months
  • Tea 2 oz
  • Eggs 1 fresh egg per week
  • Sweets/Candy 12 oz every 4 weeks

So how big a problem is food poverty?

 

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