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historical image of soldiers at Seder dinner
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The “First Passover Seder Dinner” given by the Jewish Welfare Board in 1919 to Jewish men in the American Expeditionary Forces, Paris, France.

National Archives, Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer

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This Revolutionary War era broadside promised generous rations as an incentive to enlist.

National Archives, Records of the Veterans Administration

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historical poster that reads “Wanna Keep ’Em Healthy?” Overcooking Destroys Vitamins!
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World War II era nutritionists encouraged military chefs to preserve vitamins in vegetables.

National Archives, Records of the Office of Government Reports

historical image of Civil War soldiers
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Fresh beef, a staple of the soldier's diet, wasn't always available. Borden's Condensed Milk and other canned foods were introduced during the Civil War.

National Archives, Records of the Chief Signal Officer

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Lunch hour at the Raphael Weill Public School, San Francisco, California, 1942

National Archives, Records of the War Relocation Authority

historical poster that reads Every Child Needs a Good School Lunch - The War Food Administration will help your community start a school lunch program
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In 1943 the War Food Administration, which produced this poster in 1944, took over—and dramatically expanded—the federal school lunch program.

National Archives, Records of the Office of Government Reports

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School lunch recipes from 1946, the year the school lunch became a permanent, nationwide program.

National Archives, Records of the Agricultural Research Service

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President Lyndon B. Johnson helps himself to barbecue during the Latin American Ambassadors weekend in 1967.

National Archives, Lyndon B. Johnson Library

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Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson claimed this chili recipe was “almost as popular as the government pamphlet on the care and feeding of children.”

National Archives, Lyndon B. Johnson Library

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President Ford preparing his own breakfast at his home in Alexandria in 1975.

National Archives, Gerald R. Ford Library

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Nixon’s last meal at the White House, 1974

National Archives, Richard Nixon Library

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