From Here To Over There : Fremont County In The Great War
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In 1917 Herbert Hoover, the Director of the U.S. Food Administration, asked people to "Go back to simple food, simple clothes, and simple pleasures. Pray hard, work hard, sleep hard and play hard. Do it all courageously and cheerfully." Hoover insisted on no salary. He argued that taking no pay gave him more moral authority to ask the American people to sacrifice for the war effort. Through it all, Hoover called for patriotism and sacrifices that would increase production and decrease food consumption. Hoover and the administration proclaimed, "Food, will win the war."

Under Hoover's direction, the U.S. Food Administration, in league with the Council of Defense, urged all homeowners to sign pledge cards that testified to their efforts to conserve food. By the following week, Americans embraced wheatless Mondays, meatless Tuesdays, and porkless Saturdays.

School children joined housewives in supporting the effort by signing this pledge: "At table I'll not leave a scrap of food upon my plate. And I'll not eat between meals but for supper time I'll wait."

War Rationing Pledge Card (ca. 1918)

This card was signed by J. V. McCandless, who pledged to go without wheat food, or meat for one meal a day. Left overs were encourage for three meals each week.
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