Living on Twenty-five Cents a Day
by Mary S. Rose, Mary G. McCormick & Marion F. Walker - 1918
During the month of January, 1917, the department of nutrition of Teachers College cooperated with the Life Extension Institute and the police department of New York City in a demonstration of the way in which an adequate and satisfying diet may be secured at a cost of 25c a day per person. Low-priced menus may differ greatly in the degree to which they fulfill nutrition requirements, but foods have to be chosen with much discrimination to insure complete nutrition when the margin of cost is very narrow. It was thought that the participation of twelve men from the New York Police Training School in a three weeks' actual trial of menus scientifically arranged would show whether these could be made sufficiently palatable to sustain appetite, in view of an inevitable narrow range in choice of food materials, and that reports from such a demonstration would be useful to the housewife struggling with the problem of the rising cost of living. To reproduce as fully as possible actual home conditions, all the food materials were purchased as required in the local retail stores at local retail prices.
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