Meatless Monday has been an American tradition since 1917 and we owe it all to one dude: Herbert Hoover
Who’s Hoover: Herbert Hoover was our 31st president from 1929 – 1933. Poor guy, his 1 and only term fell right at the start of The Great Depression. The American people loved him so that they named their shantytowns, where they were forced to live after they lost everything, after him calling them Hoovervilles or in other words “We hate you Hoover”. Before he was faulted with the biggest economic down turn in earth’s history he created Meatless Monday.
Hoover and Meatless Monday: Herbert Hoover was appointed the Food Czar in 1917 at the U.S. Food Administration. In 1917 our military was tied up in a little thing called World War I. Hoover made the statement that “Food will win the war”. At that time the food supply was not as plentiful as it is today. He had to find a way to ration the food supply domestically for the war effort overseas. He did not want to force the American people into food rationing through government control. Herbert felt that we were a people who would pull together through strength of character and sense of duty to our country. So, he relied on the people to regulate themselves. The U.S. Food Administration started campaigns encouraging folks to abstain from certain food groups on different days throughout the week. However alliteration was lost on Hoover he created meatless Tuesday, poor Herb.
Roosevelt and Meatless Monday: Roosevelt was a man who knew how to get things done and occupy the White House longer than any other human, ever. He was a leader who understood the American people and their love of alliteration. Franklin D. resurrected Meatless Tuesday, changed it to Monday and we marched off to World War the sequel commonly known as World War II. Once again America was called upon to ration food at home to support our troops fighting in the theaters of WWII.
Meatless Monday, Wheatless Wednesday, Victory Gardens and countless other efforts were mainly focused on food conservation; however, they had additional benefits to the country. These campaigns brought communities together regardless of race, political persuasion, religion or any other characteristic used to separate us. Food rationing created collective work and accomplishment without neighborhood boundaries. Food was common ground then and is today. #makemondaymeatlessagain