A young French girl receiving a CARE package in 1946¬†¬†¬© CARE.
CARE was founded right after World War II, on November 27th, 1945. Originally known as the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe, it aimed at sending food aid and basic supplies to war-torn Europe, in the form of ‚ÄúCARE packages‚ÄĚ. At the time, such goods were hard to find or rationed, and millions of people were at risk of suffering from hunger. The first 20,000 packages reached the port of Le Havre, France, on May 11, 1946.
Some 100 million more CARE packages reached people in need during the next two decades, first in Europe and later in Asia and other parts of the developing world.
As the economies of the former wartime nations developed and improved, the focus of CARE's work shifted from Europe to the problems of the developing world. In the 1950s, CARE expanded into emerging nations. In the 1960s,¬†¬†CARE pioneered primary health care programs. In the 1970s, CARE responded¬†to massive famines in Africa with both emergency relief and long-term agroforestry projects. CARE is now a proven leader among international humanitarian organizations, striving to bring about lasting, meaningful change in¬†the of the world‚Äôs poorest communities.
What was in the first CARE packages?
one pound of beef in broth
|¬† Original CARE package.¬†¬†¬© CARE.
- one pound of steak and kidneys
- 8 ounces of liver loaf
- 8 ounces of corned beef
- 12 ounces of luncheon loaf (like Spam¬ģ)
- 8 ounces of bacon
- 2 pounds of margarine
- one pound of lard
- one pound of fruit preserves
- one pound of honey
- one pound of raisins
- one pound of chocolate
- 2 pounds of sugar
- 8 ounces of egg powder
- 2 pounds of whole-milk powder
- 2 pounds of coffee
Later CARE Packages included food for different cultural diets and non-food items such as carpentry tools, blankets, school supplies and medicine.