|January 21, 2000||Volume 7, Number 9|
U of S adopted wartime food restrictions
By Tim Hutchinson
During the First World War, the Canadian government instituted regulations designed to curb the consumption of food. These regulations applied to "public eating places" at the University of Saskatchewan. From a letter to "the proprietors of Public Eating Places," April 29, 1918:
We ask your help and co-operation to feed our Army and Allies by saving as much food as you can of the most concentrated nutritive value which may be sent in the least shipping space. ...
Serve breads or rolls made from corn, or from mixed flours. Use breakfast food and hot cakes composed of corn, oatmeal, buckwheat, rice or hominy. Serve absolutely no toast as garniture or under meat. Do not serve bread and butter before the first course. People eat them without thought.
Several orders were issued relating to the use of sugar and the university was required to complete a declaration regarding the quantities of sugar used in 1917. A certificate, without which it would have been impossible to buy sugar supplies, was subsequently issued. Even with a sugar certificate, there were restrictions on how sugar could be used:
FOOD REGULATIONS Aug. 31, 1918
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