Food

The eating facilities in the camps were large mess halls with long lines and crowded tables. Group living tended to erode family solidarity, as teenagers escaped parental authority by eating with friends rather than family. The quality of the food was poor and milk and fresh meat were constantly in short supply. Inexpensive foods such as wieners, dried fish, pancakes, macaroni and pickled vegetables were served often. The diets of the camp inmates improved only after they began growing some of their own food.

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Food (233)

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The Tule Lake Cooperator, Vol. 4, No. 102 (November 10, 1945) (ddr-densho-289-9)
av The Tule Lake Cooperator, Vol. 4, No. 102 (November 10, 1945) (ddr-densho-289-9)
Selected article titles: "Special Meeting of General Assembly: Opening Address" (p. 1), "Tofu Making Discontinued Nov. 30" (p. 1), "Resolutions Adopted By General Assembly" (p. 2).
Topaz Camp (ddr-densho-357-774)
img Topaz Camp (ddr-densho-357-774)
Hanako Terakawa's caption: "Taken at Topaz, Utah 1944?" Families gather around a picnic table to eat.
War ration book no. 3, OPA form no. R-130, Itsuhei Takano (ddr-csujad-42-119)
doc War ration book no. 3, OPA form no. R-130, Itsuhei Takano (ddr-csujad-42-119)
A ration book issued to Itsuhei Takano incarcerated at the Gila River camp in Arizona. Includes the instructions for use. Unused stamps remain. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_67_001
War ration book four, OPA form R-145, Fred Fumio Takano (ddr-csujad-42-124)
doc War ration book four, OPA form R-145, Fred Fumio Takano (ddr-csujad-42-124)
A ration book issued to Fumio Fred Takano incarcerated at the Gila River camp in Arizona. Includes the instructions for use. Unused stamps remain. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_67_006
War ration book no. 3, OPA form no. R-130, Fred Fumio Takano (ddr-csujad-42-123)
doc War ration book no. 3, OPA form no. R-130, Fred Fumio Takano (ddr-csujad-42-123)
A ration book issued to Fumio Fred Takano incarcerated at the Gila River camp in Arizona. Includes the instructions for use. Unused stamps remain. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_67_005
War ration book no. 3, OPA form no. R-130, Tomeyo Takano (ddr-csujad-42-122)
doc War ration book no. 3, OPA form no. R-130, Tomeyo Takano (ddr-csujad-42-122)
A ration book issued to Tomoye Takano incarcerated at the Gila River camp in Arizona. Includes the instructions for use. Unused stamps remain. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_67_004
War ration book no. 3, OPA form no. R-130, Yoneko Takano (ddr-csujad-42-127)
doc War ration book no. 3, OPA form no. R-130, Yoneko Takano (ddr-csujad-42-127)
A ration book issued to Yoneko Takano incarcerated at the Gila River camp in Arizona. Includes the instructions for use. Unused stamps remain. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_67_009
Letter from John D. Seater, Chief Project Steward, Gila River Project, July 10, 1945 (ddr-csujad-42-113)
doc Letter from John D. Seater, Chief Project Steward, Gila River Project, July 10, 1945 (ddr-csujad-42-113)
A letter from John D. Seater, Chief Project Steward, Gila River Project, War Relocation Authority, United States Department of the Interior. It lists the food items and certifies that they are Fumio Fred Takano's personal belongings. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_62_001
War ration book four, OPA form R-145, Itsuhei Takano (ddr-csujad-42-120)
doc War ration book four, OPA form R-145, Itsuhei Takano (ddr-csujad-42-120)
A ration book issued for Itsuhei Takano incarcerated at the Gila River camp in Arizona. Includes the instructions for use. Unused stamps remain. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_67_002
War ration book four, OPA form R-145, Tomeyo Takano (ddr-csujad-42-121)
doc War ration book four, OPA form R-145, Tomeyo Takano (ddr-csujad-42-121)
A ration book issued to Tomoye Takano incarcerated at the Gila River camp in Arizona. Includes the instructions for use. Unused stamps remain. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_67_003
Photograph of men washing dishes at Manzanar incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-47-25)
img Photograph of men washing dishes at Manzanar incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-47-25)
Interior scene at Mazanar incareration camp of 9-10 men unpacking plates, cups, and other tableware from metal containers. 3 men are in the foreground, 2 are leaning over a trashcan full of water, they have cups in their hand, 1 has a brush. The third man in the foreground has a towel in his hand, and …
Grocery store (ddr-csujad-55-1438)
doc Grocery store (ddr-csujad-55-1438)
Description of the grocery store, food rationing, and eating habits of internees at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 89. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1440
Meal ticket (ddr-csujad-55-1972)
doc Meal ticket (ddr-csujad-55-1972)
Meal ticket belonging to Masako Adachi, used at Tule Lake incarceration camp. Verso includes mess hall rules. From the Masako Adachi scrapbook, page 20. See also sac_jaac_1953. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1975
War ration book no. 3, OPA form no. R-130, Aie Yokota (ddr-csujad-55-220)
doc War ration book no. 3, OPA form no. R-130, Aie Yokota (ddr-csujad-55-220)
Booklet of war ration stamps belonging to Aie Yokota incarcerated in Tule Lake camp. OPA Form No. R-130. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0222
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, March 5, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-432)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, March 5, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-432)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting. Includes discussion on petition and "food problems." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0434
Letter from Minejijro Hayashida, Chairman, Council of Temporary Block Chairman, to Mr. Ernest L. Hawes, Chief Steward, September 26, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-281)
doc Letter from Minejijro Hayashida, Chairman, Council of Temporary Block Chairman, to Mr. Ernest L. Hawes, Chief Steward, September 26, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-281)
Correspondence from Minejijro Hayashida to Ernest Hawes regarding the adoption of a "unified menu system" at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0283
Traffic Control Helper, Masako Adachi, early meal every day (ddr-csujad-55-1975)
doc Traffic Control Helper, Masako Adachi, early meal every day (ddr-csujad-55-1975)
Traffic Control Helper ticket entitling Masako Adachi to an early meal. From the Masako Adachi scrapbook, page 20. See also sac_jaac_1953. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1978
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, February 1, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-519)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, February 1, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-519)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting. Includes discussion on food and supplies. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0521
Administrative instruction (United States. War Relocation Authority) (November 6, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1638)
doc Administrative instruction (United States. War Relocation Authority) (November 6, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1638)
Administrative instruction amendment to Order no. 7 from A. W. Empie, Chief Administrative Officer, Poston to "All Employees" regarding meals for employees children. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1640
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, December 24, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-503)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, December 24, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-503)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting. Includes discussion on tsukemono and camp administration and services. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0505
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, August 31, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-466)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, August 31, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-466)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting. Includes reports on "food problems," "dental problems," recreation, and administrative procedures. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0468
Letter from the Heart Mountain Council of Block Chairmen to Mr. Guy Robertson, Project Director, January 16, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-404)
doc Letter from the Heart Mountain Council of Block Chairmen to Mr. Guy Robertson, Project Director, January 16, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-404)
Correspondence from the Heart Mountain Council of Block Chairmen to Mr. Guy Robertson regarding continuing the supply of rationed non-perishable food for incarcerees. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0406
Food service at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-52-28)
img Food service at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-52-28)
Caption pasted on reverse of image reads, "FIRST MEAL IN NEW ALIEN CAMP, Japanese evacuated from their Los Angeles homes line up to receive their first meal after their arrival Mar. 24, 1942, in the alien reception center at Manzanar." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: hslb_npc_0032
Agricultural products for the duration of the project 1942-1945 (ddr-csujad-55-43)
doc Agricultural products for the duration of the project 1942-1945 (ddr-csujad-55-43)
A list of agricultural products used in the Poston incarceration camp during the incarceration including fruits, vegetables, beans, poultry, pork, and feed crops. List includes crop name, acres planted, pounds harvested per acre, price per pound, and dollar amount for each crop. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_00047
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