Mina Caroline Ginger Van Winkle to Jane Addams, September 21, 1917


September 21st, 1917.

Miss Jane Addams,
Hull House,
Chicago, Ill.

Dear Madam:

Within the next few weeks the United States Food Administration will be conducting a country-wide campaign among all classes of people including the more than five million homes belonging to our foreign born population.

As this comprises fully one-fourth of the problem that we face, we are anxious to enlist the experience and knowledge of all who have had dealings with immigrant people in order that our campaign on Food Conservation among them shall be intelligent and effective.

It is imperative that we shall know at once the staple foods and dishes used by the various races, and have in our possession at an early date sample and [recipes] of food preparations and combinations.

Will you detail one of your staff to make a short list of such things and mail it to the Vernacular Press Section of this Administration within the next two or three days?

We are very anxious to have full information on the food found in the homes of the Italians, Jews, Poles, Syrians, Greeks, Austrians and the different Slavic peoples. We shall also value anything from your experience showing us what immigrants do not know about American food, or food preparations.

Thanking you in advance for this cooperation,

Faithfully yours,

U.S. Food Administration

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