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Provided courtesy of The American Presidency Project.  John Woolley and Gerhard Peters. University of California, Santa Barbara.
  49. Statement by the President on the Continued Need for Food  
June 2, 1945

IN THIS FOURTH YEAR of war the need for every ounce of food which the American people
can produce and preserve is greater than ever before.

The supply lines to feed our troops and the millions fighting and working with them are the longest
in the history of warfare. Along the thousands of miles of these lines, food must be kept moving.
Our soldiers in Europe are eating more canned fruits and vegetables because they are changing
from combat rations to regular meals.

Beyond our tremendous military requirements lies the task of working with other nations to help
liberated peoples regain their strength and rebuild their countries. There can be no lasting peace in
a hungry world.

We Americans must do our part to help swell the nation's food supply.

I call upon every American to help discharge this obligation in every way possible:

By growing a victory garden--whether it be in the backyard, in a community or company employe
plot, or on the farm. There is still plenty of time to plant in most parts of the country.

By dedicating ourselves to growing larger and better gardens and seeing them through to the
harvest.

By preserving our food at home or in a community canning center. Civilian supplies of
commercially canned fruits and vegetables are now at the lowest point of the war, and next winter
will be one-fourth less than last year.

By conserving food in every possible way--wasting not an ounce. In anything so hazardous and
difficult as growing food, we cannot afford to take chances. We must always reckon with the
weather, which in some parts of the country delayed plantings and damaged some fruit crops. We
must plan for maximum production.

With millions of American men and women dedicated to this task, our food will make a real
contribution to the final victory and the peace.
 
Provided courtesy of The American Presidency Project.  John Woolley and Gerhard Peters. University of California, Santa Barbara.