Hundreds of thousands of MREs given to Hurricane Sandy victims so far

Image: Bjorn Keizers/Flickr Hundreds of thousands of ready-to-eat meals have…

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Image: Bjorn Keizers/Flickr

Hundreds of thousands of ready-to-eat meals have already been handed out to Hurricane Sandy victims by the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The story of the ready-to-eat meal is common in American science: ingenuity sparked by military need and later translated for civilians. Soldiers’ rations in the U.S. have come a long way from hard tack and beef. After the Revolutionary War, the military moved towards more canned food, but this proved cumbersome and heavy. In World War I, American doughboys snacked on preserved meats that were easier to carry. In World War II, the military branched out into specialized meals, offering Mountain rations more suitable for high altitudes and Jungle rations in waterproof bags.

Source: International Business Times

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