After Germany's invasion during World War I, Belgium suffered a major food shortage. Emile Francqui and Herbert Hoover, who would soon become head of the U.S. Food Administration, led the Committee for Relief in Belgium, which distributed over two and a half million tons of food to starving people. Once America entered the war, Hoover created programs encouraging Americans to conserve certain foods for soldiers' rations. The amount of flour people saved amounted to about 600,000 barrels, which is enough bake a ten-story loaf of bread. Despite Republican opposition, Hoover provided food to defeated Germany and to the Bolshevik-controlled areas of Russia, which experienced a famine after the War's end. We reported that America promised 20 million tons of food for Europe. Can you imagine how many building-sized loaves that amounts to?
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