November 23, 1942

Move Precipitates Start of Rationing
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Office of Price Administration (OPA) has frozen the sale of coffee this week. The freeze began at midnight Saturday. This move is intended to provide retailers with time to prepare for the start of coffee rationing, which begins on Sunday, November 29. Beginning then, the allotment will be one pound of coffee per five weeks, which should provide about one good cup of coffee a day. It will cost one stamp from the sugar rationing book, War Ration Book No. 1, to purchase one pound of coffee. Coffee will be joining sugar on the list of rationed commodities, and it is predicted butter and cheese will soon join the list as well. Secretary of Agriculture Claude R. Wickard said preparations for rationing of butter and cheese will be completed “…in a matter of days.”

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