Herbert Hoover and Food Relief During World War I
WWI Lecture Series - 3 of 3
Before the US entered the war, Hoover organized the Commission for Relief in Belgium to feed 7 million in need. This was the largest food relief effort up to that time in history. When the US entered the war in 1917, Hoover was called by President Wilson to head the US Food Administration, a voluntary cooperative effort to conserve food for the war effort.
Matt Schaefer is the outreach archivist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. He has held this position since 2002. His primary duties include organizing conferences, working with professional organizations, and keeping the Hoover Library in the public eye. Schaefer also does reference and collection management tasks.
Before coming to the Hoover, Schaefer worked at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Iowa City and at the Bentley Historical Library in Ann Arbor. Schaefer lives in Iowa City with his wife, Karen Mason, who is Curator of the Iowa Women’s Archives.
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