VICTORY GARDEN SHORTFALL
Gallup Poll Disappointment for WFA GoalPRINCTON, N.J.—The National Garden Advisory Committee of the War Food Administration (WFA) has a stated goal that Americans maintain twenty-two million Victory gardens in 1944. George Gallup, director of the American Institute of Public Opinion, reports on May 31 of this year that Americans are falling well short of this goal. The poll claims only seventeen and a half million families have started raising their Victory gardens. Combined with those who plan to plant a garden, the total is about five hundred thousand less than the 1943 total and four and a half million short of this year’s goal. Victory gardens allow commercial producers to grow, pack, and ship more food for military uses and reduce the amount of rationing that civilians must endure.