"In February, 1902, the students of the Bible Normal College, situated then in Springfield, Mass., voted to save a sum of money, which they desired to raise for a special object, by reducing the cost of their table board. They had been paying $3 per week for table board at the time, or very nearly 43 cents per person per day, which of course included the cost of fuel, preparation, and service, estimated to be 10.6 cents per person per day. Learning that it has been found possible to provide a balanced and nourishing diet for 10 cents per man per day for the raw food, they entered eagerly into an experiment with a diet to cost that amount for food materials only, the cost of preparation, etc., to remain the same as before, making the total cost of the daily food as served 20.6 cents per person, or 22.4 cents less than their ordinary diet. There were 30 students interested in this project, and it was planned to continue the investigation three days, as this would suffice to save the $20 desired".
The menus for the different days covered by the study were as follows:
Corn-meal mush and top of milk, baked beans, buns, milk and cereal coffee.
Split-pea soup and crackers (crisped), potted beef, brown eauce, baked potatoes, bread, rice with milk and sugar.
Brown-bread sandwiches (with a little butter), white-bread sandwiches with date and peanut filling without butter, cocoa, popcorn salted.
Oatmeal with top of milk, cream toast, cereal coffee.
Baked-bean soup, crisp crackers, Hamburg steak balls, brown sauce, hominy, turnip, peanuts and dates.
Potato and beet salad, gingerbread, cheese, bread, milk.
Beef Stew with biscuits, bread pudding, bread.
Oatmeal with top of milk, hash, corn cake, milk and cereal coffee.
Vegetable soup, croutons, baked stuffed beef's heart, brown sauce, rice, cornstarch blanc mange, caramel sauce.
Potato and celery salad,white and graham bread, fried corn-meal mush, sirup, '
Corn-meal mush with top of milk, hashed meat on toast, milk and cereal coffee.
Salt salmon, drawn butter sauce, baked potatoes, parsnips, bread, evaporated apple shortcake.
Cold sliced beef's heart, creamed potatoes, cocoa, bread (white and graham), ginger snaps.