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  •  World War II as well. In the '30s... (8+ / 0-)

    ...There was actually a New Deal food stamp program that allowed poor households to purchase stamps that redeemable for most foods. Households also received a supply of free bonus stamps for selected surplus commodities. Something like 40% of draftees in World War II were initially rejected because they were malnourished, with all the effects of that, including rotten teeth, poor vision and mental deficiencies. But the New Deal food stamp program was discontinued during World War II.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 12:41:19 PM PDT

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    •  The stamps also included soap and matches. (1+ / 0-)
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      It was understood that poor had to keep clean and wash the dishes they ate from.  The matches was because many did not have electricity and cooked on wood or fuel stoves.

      When congress set up the modern system of food stamps, soap and toilet paper was pulled from the program in a compromise in order to get it passed.

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