Due to the need for supplies overseas, Americans during WWII were both encouraged and required to ration during the war. This included the rationing of gasoline, metals, rubber, and foodstuffs. In response to this mandate, Americans grew victory gardens and were creative in meal planning. The latter is evident in menus from the early 1940s. This cafeteria menu is from the records of the Vestal Central School District.
What evidence of WWII rationing is evident in primary sources such as a cafeteria menu?
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In a brief paragraph, describe the term rationing and answer the essential question.