04 April 2010

The Clean Plate Club is real!

Turns out, the Clean Plate Club wasn't just some silly idea created by parents to manipulate their whimsical kids into eating veggies. The Big W explains:

The U.S. Food Administration was terminated after the First World War, but in 1947 the “Clean Plate” proposal came back and was encouraged by President Harry S. Truman, who aided in officially forming the “Clean Plates Club” in elementary schools across the country. This club was officially created after the Great Depression and World War II, when food was once again scarce. In 1947, the U.S. created the Marshall Plan, in which President Truman encouraged Americans to consume less poultry, to conserve food for starving Europeans. As a reaction to his plan, the “Clean Plate Clubs” were formed, and elementary school students were again taught to clean their plates.
I was raised to be a lifetime member of the Clean Plate Club. In the Curl household, we kids always had to finish our food, and rarely were there leftovers. To this day, I generally approach every meal as though it is my last, eating my food and the food of everyone within ten feet.

Let's just say, my lifetime CPC membership is rarely in danger.

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