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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[Incarcerees preparing food] (ddr-csujad-56-134)
img [Incarcerees preparing food] (ddr-csujad-56-134)
Photo of three people preparing food with two others standing next to them. A third young man is exiting the scene. Photo provided by Tak Kameoka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nbea08-02-001
Geroge Naohara and Atsushi Ishida (ddr-csujad-38-92)
img Geroge Naohara and Atsushi Ishida (ddr-csujad-38-92)
A photograph of Atsushi Ishida (center) and George Naohara (right) posing at the entrance to a mess hall in the Jerome camp in Arkansas. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 21. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_21_007
Ladies at Block 8 mess hall (ddr-csujad-38-103)
img Ladies at Block 8 mess hall (ddr-csujad-38-103)
Photographed are a group of female incarcerees standing in front of "Dining" facility in the Jerome incarceration camp in Arkansas. The handwritten note on the backside reads: Ladies at Block 8 mess hall [in Japanese]. Title from note. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 22. See this object in the California State Universities …
George Naohara and Atsushi Art Ishida in the Jerome camp (ddr-csujad-38-252)
img George Naohara and Atsushi Art Ishida in the Jerome camp (ddr-csujad-38-252)
Photographed are George Nobuo Naohara and Atsushi Art Ishida at the Jerome camp in Arkansas. George is wearing an apron. The photo was given to Mitzi Masukawa Naohara incarcerated in the Poston camp in Arizona. A photo from: Mitzi Naohara photo album (csudh_nao_0200), page 13. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Jerome mess competition north side winners (ddr-csujad-38-94)
img Jerome mess competition north side winners (ddr-csujad-38-94)
A photograph of mess competition winners at the Jerome incarceration camp in Arkansas, capturing two male incarcerees in apron. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 21. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_21_009
Heart Mountain Relocation Project Fourth Community Council, 8th session minutes (March 2, 1945) (ddr-csujad-45-11)
doc Heart Mountain Relocation Project Fourth Community Council, 8th session minutes (March 2, 1945) (ddr-csujad-45-11)
The council minutes feature a discussion on the surplus of food at the camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMRC_01-01_040
Heart Mountain Relocation Project Fourth Community Council, 19th session (April 3, 1945) (ddr-csujad-45-21)
doc Heart Mountain Relocation Project Fourth Community Council, 19th session (April 3, 1945) (ddr-csujad-45-21)
The council minutes feature a report on the possibility of a meat shortage due to the increase in meat rations to each person. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMRC_01-01_050
Heart Mountain Relocation Project Third Community Council, 16th session (November 8, 1944) (ddr-csujad-45-2)
doc Heart Mountain Relocation Project Third Community Council, 16th session (November 8, 1944) (ddr-csujad-45-2)
The council minutes feature a discussion on the possibility of the West Coast being reopened, difficulties for patients in obtaining timely optometry service, and the current food situation. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMRC_01-01_031
Heart Mountain Relocation Project Fifth Community Council, 15th session  (October 2, 1945) (ddr-csujad-45-66)
doc Heart Mountain Relocation Project Fifth Community Council, 15th session (October 2, 1945) (ddr-csujad-45-66)
The council minutes feature the request to look into the rice situation at the camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMRC_01-01_095
Heart Mountain Relocation Project Fifth Community Council, 7th session (September 4, 1945) (ddr-csujad-45-58)
doc Heart Mountain Relocation Project Fifth Community Council, 7th session (September 4, 1945) (ddr-csujad-45-58)
The council minutes feature the report on the canceled order of food for the camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMRC_01-01_087
Heart Mountain Relocation Project Third Community Council, 19th session (November 14, 1944) (ddr-csujad-45-3)
doc Heart Mountain Relocation Project Third Community Council, 19th session (November 14, 1944) (ddr-csujad-45-3)
The council minutes feature a discussion on sugar distribution, and lecture on the advantages of resettling in the Midwest. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMRC_01-01_032
War ration book four, OPA form R-145, Fumio Takano (ddr-csujad-42-125)
doc War ration book four, OPA form R-145, Fumio Takano (ddr-csujad-42-125)
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_007
War ration book four, OPA form R-145, Yoneko Takano (ddr-csujad-42-126)
doc War ration book four, OPA form R-145, Yoneko Takano (ddr-csujad-42-126)
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_008
Photograph of making mochi in a mess hall at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-77)
img Photograph of making mochi in a mess hall at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-77)
Photograph of women preparing mochi spheres in a mess hall at Manzanar incarceration camp. A group of women stand around a table separating and rolling the mochi into spheres with confectioners sugar. A child being held on the right side has streaks of the sugar on their cheek. Already prepared food can be seen on every …
Manzanar from the inside (ddr-csujad-48-62)
doc Manzanar from the inside (ddr-csujad-48-62)
Text of address by Roy Nash, Director of the Manzanar War Relocation Project, given to the Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco, on July 31, 1942 for the purpose of "interpret[ing] the actuality of a War Relocation Center housing 10,000 evacuees" in view of perceptions of mistreatment of incarcerees in California. Sections of the speech include …
Letter to Mr. West, June 8, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1000)
doc Letter to Mr. West, June 8, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1000)
Correspondence regarding purchasing produce with funds from a bank. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1002
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, October 7, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-479)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, October 7, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-479)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting. Includes reports on coal, labor, and food. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0481
War ration book one, OPA form no. R-302, Donna Miyeko Nakamura (ddr-csujad-55-2453)
doc War ration book one, OPA form no. R-302, Donna Miyeko Nakamura (ddr-csujad-55-2453)
Booklet of war ration stamps belonging to Donna Miyeko Nakamura during World War II. OPA Form No. R-302. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2559
Draft letter to Mr. West, June 7, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-999)
doc Draft letter to Mr. West, June 7, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-999)
Draft correspondence regarding purchasing produce with funds from a bank. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1001
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, November 18, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-491)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, November 18, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-491)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting. Includes discussion on food. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0493
Minutes from Heart Mountain Victory Gardeners' meeting, November 26, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-672)
doc Minutes from Heart Mountain Victory Gardeners' meeting, November 26, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-672)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Victory Gardeners' meeting. Includes comments about victory gardens at Heart Mountain incarceration camp including recruitment, criticisms, space, and challenges. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0674
Meal ticket for mess 720 (ddr-csujad-55-1898)
doc Meal ticket for mess 720 (ddr-csujad-55-1898)
Meal ticket belonging to Osamu Oseto at Tule Lake incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1901
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, February 18, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-524)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, February 18, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-524)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting. Includes discussion on "relocation," soy sauce, and administration. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0526
Memo from Fred J. Haller, Heart Mountain Project Steward, to Block Manager, April 24, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-452)
doc Memo from Fred J. Haller, Heart Mountain Project Steward, to Block Manager, April 24, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-452)
Memorandum of understanding from Fred J. Haller to Block Manager regarding new process for baby formula at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0454
Letter from Mrs. Minnie Umeda to Mrs. Margaret Waegell, November 9, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-63)
doc Letter from Mrs. Minnie Umeda to Mrs. Margaret Waegell, November 9, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-63)
Handwritten correspondence from Minnie Umeda to Mrs. Waegell describing the train ride from Fresno Assembly Center to the Jerome incarceration camp and living conditions, food, and the environment at the incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_00067
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