dc1968

curated project commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1968 in dc

dedicated to bobby r. hale
27 may 1968 & us dept of agriculture charts changes in free food for individuals/families who are economically poor

27 may 1968 & us dept of agriculture charts changes in free food for individuals/families who are economically poor

#OTD 27 May 1968 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (12th St & Jefferson Dr SW) presented a display showing changes in free food offered to individuals and families who were economically poor. There were food displays showing what was offered in 1960, 1968 and one representing food coming "soon."

The 1960 foods:
lard
enriched rice
yellow corn meal (enriched, whole ground)
nonfat dry milk (powdered)
all purpose flour (enriched, bleached)

The 1968 foods:
lard
raisins
enriched yellow corn grits
rolled oats
yellow corn meal (enriched, whole ground)
dry pea beans
enriched rice
chopped meat
instant mashed potatoes
dry yellow split peas
pasteurized process cheese
peanut butter
bulger
potato flakes

The foods coming soon:
mashed potatoes
farina
chopped meat
cheese
canned milk
shortening
prune juice
rolled oats
pea beans
butter
grape juice
canned chicken
apricot nectar
egg mix
wheat cereal

Notice the change in packaging in the bottom frame.

Your comments are welcome below. Did you, a family member or neighbor receive the food? What do you remember about it? Did you work at USDA on these food offerings? Do you have photos of your kitchen in 1968? You may comment privately here.

Photo source: Courtesy of Library of Congress, U.S. News & World Report, 27 May 1968. WLK, photographer. 

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