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Clean Your Plate


The Food Administration was rigorously organized in minute detail to reach into the lives of all Americans, even children. They published an elementary school textbook and numerous posters exhorting children to do their part in the campaign to send 20 million tons of food to European allies after the armistice of 1918. This effort was doubtless the origin of generations of parents instructing their children to "Clean your plate—think of the starving orphans in _____." (Fill in the blank.)