Originally posted 2019-03-20 14:06:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Before WW2 Britain received over 55 million tons of food from abroad. When the second world war started in 1939 most of this food was on ships transported to us and the German submarines started to sink the ships so they stopped coming. Our government were very worried about the food shortages and so brought in a form of rationing so there was enough food to go around and people were not starving.
If food became scarce then prices would go up and the poor would not be able to afford to eat. There was also a fear people might hoard food and reduce the food on the shelves and some people would get nothing.
This rationing lasted for 14 years and ended 4th July 1954.
Every person in Britain was given a ration book even babies.They had to register and buy at certain shops. No supermarkets were around then.So you had to go to different shops for meat, vegetables bread etc
The shop keeper used to scratch off the item on your ration book ie 2ozs of cheese had to last you a week and one fresh egg once a week. A packet of dried egg could be purchased one packet had to last one person four weeks.
In addition people could have 16 points per week to spend on anything they wanted.
People were encouraged to grow their own vegetables and keep chickens and goats and rabbits pigs. Green areas belonging to the council were used to raise animals for meat too.
Clothes were also rationed so another book was used for this with tearable coupons inside in different colours. Government decided on the colour each week corresponding to the coupon colours to what colour clothing you could buy.
Each person got 60 coupons to last them a year. This was reduced to 48 as the war raged on.