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Food Rationing During World War 2

food rationingOne problem that many people have is determining how much food to store.  One source that I have used is information on the rationing in England during World War 2.  I have included a table showing the food rationing in England during World War II.

The average food rationing for one person were as follows.  The quantities are per week unless otherwise stated.

Food Rations

Item Maximum level Minimum level Rations (April 1945)
Bacon and Ham 8 oz (227 g) 4 oz (113 g) 4 oz (113 g)
Sugar 16 oz (454 g) 8 oz (227 g) 8 oz (227 g)
Loose Tea 4 oz (113 g) 2 oz (57 g) 2 oz (57 g)
Meat 1lb3oz 1lb3oz 1lb3oz
Cheese 8 oz (227 g) 1 oz (28 g) 2 oz (57 g)Vegetarians were allowed an extra 3 oz (85 g) cheese
Preserves 1 lb (0.45 kg) per month
2 lb (0.91 kg) marmalade
8 oz (227 g) per month 2 lb (0.91 kg) marmalade
or 1 lb (0.45 kg) preserve
or 1 lb (0.45 kg) sugar
Butter 8 oz (227 g) 2 oz (57 g) 2 oz (57 g)
Margarine 12 oz (340 g) 4 oz (113 g) 4 oz (113 g)
Lard 3 oz (85 g) 2 oz (57 g) 2 oz (57 g)
Candy 16 oz (454 g) per month 8 oz (227 g) per month 12 oz (340 g) per month

Notes:

1 egg per week or 1 packet (makes 12 “eggs”) of egg powder per month (vegetarians were allowed two eggs)

Arrangements were made for vegetarians so that their rations of meat were substituted by other goods.…

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