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Finding Aid for the Meals for Millions Foundation Records, 1946-1967
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Meals for Millions Foundation Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1967
    Collection number: 1107
    Creator: Meals for Millions Foundation
    Extent: 48 boxes (24 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Abstract: The Meals for Millions Foundation of Los Angeles was a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of hunger in the world through “three-cent meals.” The plan was formulated by Clifford Clinton (of Clinton Cafeterias of Los Angeles), who, with the assistance of Dr. Henry Borsook of the California Institute of Technology, organized the Foundation in 1946. After the Foundation began to change course in 1965, executive secretary Florence Rose resigned, and became associated with Investors Overseas Services until her death in 1969. In 1979, the Foundation merged with the American Freedom from Hunger Foundation. The collection consists of correspondence, financial records, publications, notebooks, newspapers, photographs, two phonograph records, and a film from the office and personal files of Meals for Millions executive secretary, Florence Rose.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Biography

    The Meals for Millions Foundation of Los Angeles was a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of hunger in the world through “three-cent meals”; the plan was formulated by Clifford Clinton (of Clinton Cafeterias of Los Angeles), who, with the assistance of Dr. Henry Borsook of the California Institute of Technology, organized the Foundation in 1946; its basic product was Multi-Purpose Food (MPF), a tasteless additive that could be mixed with virtually anything to provide one-third of the daily vitamins, minerals, and protein needed by the average adult; after the Foundation began to change course in 1965, executive secretary Florence Rose resigned, and became associated with Investors Overseas Services until her death in 1969; in 1979 the Foundation merged with the American Freedom from Hunger Foundation.

    Biographical Narrative

    The Meals for Millions Foundation of Los Angeles was a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of hunger in the world through “three-cent meals.” The plan for such a program was formulated by Clifford Clinton (of Clifton cafeterias in Los Angeles), who, with the assistance of Dr. Henry Borsook of Caltech organized the foundation in 1946. The basic product of the foundation, known as Multi-purpose Food, was a tasteless additive that could be mixed with virtually anything. Developed by Dr. Borsook, MPF was said to provide one-third of the daily vitamins, minerals, and protein needed by the average adult.
    Shortly after setting up the Foundation, Clinton brought in Florence Rose and Ernest Chamberlain to be co-directors and take over the day-to-day management. This collection or archive consists primarily of the office and personal files of Miss Rose, most of which she rescued from destruction when Meals for Millions began to change course in 1965. Florence Rose left the Foundation at that time and was then associated with Investors Overseas Services until her death in 1969.
    The collection came to UCLA indirectly (via Smith College) from Ernest Chamberlain, close friend and confident of Miss Rose. The files have been alphabetically listed and their arrangement retained as originally filed. Consequently, a great deal of duplication exists throughout and the interrelationships of materials are often cloudy at best.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, financial records, publications, notebooks, newspapers, photographs, two phonograph records, and a film from the office and personal files of Meals for Millions executive secretary, Florence Rose.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Rose, Florence.
    Meals for Millions Foundation--Archives.

    Related Material

    Ernest R. Chamberlain Papers (Collection 2019). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.