Americans! Share the meat as a wartime necessity
The military needed huge amounts of food, too, to feed soldiers, and by late 1942 food at home was running short. Grocery stores started rationing canned goods to customers to prevent hoarding. Meat was in especially short supply. The government limited the amounts shipped to grocers and restaurants and set a "voluntary ration" of two and a half pounds of red meat per adult per week. But stores often could not get even that much, and residents of some cities faced a meatless Christmas. Shoppers in San Diego crossed the border into Mexico in search of full shelves. Time magazine blamed the government's "blundering" for the shortages.
Government Printing Office. Americans! Share the meat as a wartime necessity. 1942. Print: Color. Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Division. https://www.loc.gov/item/96507329/ (Accessed December 7, 2018)
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