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Thanks for our Freedom

posted by: The Royal Hotel Chilliwack on: November 11, 2019 03:14:20 PM

Chilliwack Progress, May 20, 1942

Today on November 11 we pause to remember the sacrifices soldiers made serving our country. Many young lives were lost during these conflicts. For your selfless service and ultimate sacrifices we thank you. We are grateful for the freedom we enjoy and sometimes take for granted.

A side effect of the war effort was food shortages in Canada, the US and abroad, and rationing resulted. The need to feed soldiers and allies overseas meant that Canadians at home faced food shortages. The Canadian government took the somewhat drastic measure and initiated food rationing.

The first food staple subject to rationing in July 1942 was sugar. Tea and coffee followed in August and in December butter was added to the list of scarce food items. One cup of sugar, 24 tea bags and a quarter pound of butter was allocated to each adult per week.

Ration cards were issued with stamps inside that could be exchanged for food staples. In fact, one of the lasting reminders of this wartime effort is the ration books.

In March 1942 meat was included as food shortages continued in earnest. According to scholars, Canadians adapted and embraced wartime rations.

Meat ration token.

Meanwhile in the home kitchen, Canadian homemakers were forced to become creative with their everyday food preparations. Staples like butter and sugar were either omitted or substituted in favourite recipes. A popular recipe for a dessert during this time was tomato soup cake; with tomato soup used as a substitute for milk.

Recipe courtesy of the Food Network

Here is a great article, complete with photos & recipes on how Canadian homemakers dealt with food shortages and rationing.

In polls done in March and July 1945, more than 90 percent of Canadians agreed that “rationing had done a good or fair job in achieving equitable distribution (of food).”

One only has to take a trip to today’s supermarket to see the abundance of food options before us. We are fortunate and blessed for what we have today, including the freedom to choose what to eat.

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