Food Will Win the War: Recipes from 1918

Saturday, September 22 - 1-3pm

On Saturday, September 22, from 1 to 3 pm, Tacoma Historical Society will be serving samples from food conservation recipes published in 1918 Tacoma newspapers, including Cornmeal Pudding, Peanut Butter Loaf, Liberty Cookies, War Bread and more. Admission is free, however, in keeping with the spirit of conserving food for others, guests are encouraged to bring a donation of canned food to help fill a bin for the St. Leo’s food bank.

Visitors can also explore the current exhibit, "1918: A Year of Destiny."  The exhibit is sponsored by a City of Tacoma Heritage Project grant.

In 1918 the slogan of the national Food Administration Committee was "Food Will Win the War." With the devastation in Europe, allied success was dependent on food provisions from the U.S. Women were exhorted to grow and can their own food and save on the use of wheat, meat, fats, and sugars, so more of those foods could be sent overseas.

Newspapers and magazines published helpful recipes and encouraged wheatless Mondays and Wednesdays, meatless Tuesdays and porkless Thursdays and Saturdays. The campaign resulted in the doubling of food shipments to Europe within a year.

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