I borrowed a book of Amazon Prime this week entitled "World War II Christmas Cookbook" by Megan Rogers. I believe it was published in England. It was a quick cookbook to read and contained many "mock" type recipes for when the real thing wasn't available. What really caught my attention was the list of ration items that each person was allotted in England during the 2nd World War.
This list is taken from the back of the book ~ it is for 1 adult per week ~ each child would receive half the adult amount
bacon & ham (3-4 slices/rashers)
other meats ~ 2 small chops
butter 2 oz.
cheese 2 oz.
margarine 4 oz.
cooking fat 4 oz.
milk 3 pints
1 packet dried milk per month
sugar 8 oz.
preserves 1 lb. every 2 months
tea 2 oz.
Egg 1 (a single egg)
+ 1 packet dried egg per month
sweets 12 oz.
You could get canned meat, fish, rice, canned fruit, condensed milk, breakfast cereals, biscuits, and vegetables in limited quantities on a point system. An adults monthly allowance might get you a tin of salmon or fruit, and 1/2 pound of dried fruit. read flour, fish, game, sauces, and pickles were not rationed, but not always available.
This is not a lot of food. Just think about what is in your grocery cart every week. The above would all fit in a handbasket.
Then I started researching if the American Ration Equivilents were the same as England ~ and they were not. But keep in mind also, the War was raging in an around England for years. The US came in later after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour.
I found these 2 sites which has tons of information about the subject. ~ https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/81/4f/d6/814fd6447ee1569eac5a2690999692ee.jpg and http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-students/ww2-history/take-a-closer-look/ration-books.html and my favorite because of the graphics http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/ww2-rationing.
Here are some pictures I found on Pinterest ~
Thankful for ~
learning to be prepared
the bounty we enjoy now