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Vestal Central School District, Cafeteria Menu, 1943

Vestal CSD cafeteria menu

Vestal CSD cafeteria menu

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Document Description
Vestal Central School District lunch menu for the week of January 4, 1943.
 
Questions
What period of time is this menu from?
Approximately how much would a school lunch cost?
What similarities and differences are there to your school lunch menu?
 
Historical Challenges
  1. Research when rationing began and ended during WWII. How long did the people have to live with rationing requirements?
  2. How would Americans in our modern society respond to rationing?
 

Historical Context
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.
 
 
Essential Question
What evidence of WWII rationing is evident in primary sources such as a cafeteria menu?
 
 
Check for Understanding
In a brief paragraph, describe the term rationing and answer the essential question.