Just wanted to share something with you ladies.....
I bet those of you who get food stamps and WIC don't really stop to think about how the program got started. :)
I know I certainly didn't give it a lot of thought but I knew about this, just never put two and two together.
My grandmother saved these stamps in the picture. They are called ration stamps. They would be exchanged for food and other necessary goods because some things were being rationed out during World War 2. The reason being, is because supply lines were interruped and/or stopped during the war. Other countries in the war effort used them too: India, the UK, and other countries rationed as well.
Since these stamps were exchanged for food or commodities. (I have a carbon copy of a receipt where my grandmother exchanged a stamp for one pound of sugar.) They gained the nickname "food stamps" so they were a precursor to the food stamps we know and use today.
The only way to purchase certain goods was to use one of these ration stamps. It didn't matter who you were: rich, poor, black, white...if you wanted certain things you HAD to use them. It was the only way to get things to eat during wartime. Nowadays, people who are at or below the poverty level, receive them, and thanks to the efforts by our soldiers who fought, we no longer HAVE to ration unless it's to self-ration with careful food stamp spending. We can pretty much redeem them for whatever food items are at the grocery store, instead of trading them for small supplies of coffee, tea, sugar, and sometimes toilet paper.