collective worship at primary level
| Ask children
how they would feel if they had to eat less bread, few cakes and fewer biscuits
and could have only a small amount of meat or bacon each week.
| Or how they
would feel if they went to Mcdonalds or Burger King and were told that they
could not have a burger because that was one of Mcdonald's or Burger King's
| Explain that
in February 1917 Britain was very short of food. It was especially short of
flour, sugar and meat
| This was because Britain
was involved in a war and enemy ships tried to prevent these foods being
brought to Britain from across the sea.
| Explain that
the Government was afraid that if people went on eating normal amounts, the
food would run out and some people would be so hungry that they would get ill.
| So on 3
February 1917 everyone was asked to eat less bread, and less of other things
made with flour, like cakes or biscuits. They were asked, too, not to eat more
than 2lb 8oz, or about 1,100 gms of meat or sausages or bacon each week.
| And cafes and
hotels were asked to leave meat off the menu on one day a week.
| But the food
shortage got worse and by the end of the year people were being given special
ration cards which they had to take to the shops if they wanted to buy sugar,
butter, margarine or tea.
| Now in many
countries people have plenty to eat and can choose what they like. We should be
thankful for peace which means that ships and aeroplanes can take food to
different countries, and thankful to God for all the good things that the earth
provides for us to eat.
| But we should
also remember that some people do not have the food they need and we should
pray for a better world where no one goes hungry because of war or famine or
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