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Eat the Basic 7 poster with a pie chart of food groups

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.25

Eat the Basic 7 poster issued by the United States Department of Agriculture during World War II (1939-1945.) Food groups were color coded as in this pie chart, to make them easier to remember. In 1942, the Emergency Price Control Act was passed and the Office of Price Administration began rationing food and other goods to make sure they were available to aid Allies and to supply the military. From March 1943-June 1945, the War Food Administation was set up to handle food production and distribution for civilian and war needs. People were encouraged to grow Victory Gardens due to farm labor, transportation, and food shortages. Nutrition programs were introduced to educate the public about healthful eating, food preservation, and efficient food usage to reduce waste. Ration stamps for food purchase were introduced to regulate food consumption. Food rationing continued in the US until after the war in 1946.

Artwork Title
For Health, eat some food from each group every day!
publication/distribution:  1943
publication: Washington (D.C.)
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:29:29
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