Ministry of Food

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During and after World War I, terrible food shortages meant many people were malnourished. So when World War II broke out, the government appointed the Ministry of Food to help families make the most of wartime rations. It had to make sure there was enough food to go around and also to educate the public about food and proper nutrition so they'd be healthy and fighting fit.

A national network of Food Advice centres was set up and these hosted cookery demonstrations, handed out recipes and gave people useful advice on how to best use the ingredients available to them – from things that were rationed to seasonal fruit and veg that could be grown in a back garden as part of the Dig For Victory campaign.

As well as all of this, the Ministry of Food also mobilised thousands of women who could cook and sent them out to the people, wherever they were: workplaces, factories, schools, gentlemen's clubs or local shopping areas.

Because of this incredibly valuable service, people knew how to use their food rations properly and were able to eat - and live - better, even during the war! As a result the British public had one of the healthiest diets of any time in history.

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My latest TV show and book of the same name - Jamie's Ministry of Food was inspired by the original Ministry of Food.

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During and after World War I, terrible food shortages meant many people were malnourished. So when World War II broke out, the government appointed the Ministry of Food to help families make the most of wartime rations. It had to make sure there was enough food to go around and also to educate the public about food and proper nutrition so they'd be healthy and fighting fit.

A national network of Food Advice centres was set up and these hosted cookery demonstrations, handed out recipes and gave people useful advice on how to best use the ingredients available to them – from things that were rationed to seasonal fruit and veg that could be grown in a back garden as part of the Dig For Victory campaign.

As well as all of this, the Ministry of Food also mobilised thousands of women who could cook and sent them out to the people, wherever they were: workplaces, factories, schools, gentlemen's clubs or local shopping areas.

Because of this incredibly valuable service, people knew how to use their food rations properly and were able to eat - and live - better, even during the war! As a result the British public had one of the healthiest diets of any time in history.
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