Addams critiques the prioritization of commerce over charity and describes the work of the United States Food Administration. Addams also describes her concern for food insecurity and the importance American farmers have in feeding the world. Addams gave the speech at the National Conference of Social Work on May 18, 1918.
Addams and Hamilton detail in full their trip to Germany and Austria for the Society of Friends, on the matter of food and relief distribution. Descriptions include lack of food in urban areas, lack of medical care for children, and a shortage of milk. They request more funds for post-war work from the American Friends Relief Committee.