Celebrating the Original CARE Package

What would you make?

Egg powder. Corned beef. Coffee. The first CARE packages were filled with basic ingredients to make life-saving meals - and we want to see what you’d create with them. Give us your best recipes with #CAREPackageRecipes on Pinterest.

A tradition of giving

"Every CARE Package is a personal contribution to the world peace our nation seeks. It expresses America's concern and friendship in a language all peoples understand." – President John F. Kennedy, 1962

Join in the CARE Package Recipe Roundup

The first CARE packages were filled with ingredients to make life-saving meals for survivors of WWII in May of 1946. We’re collecting recipes using those ingredients. What would you create with liver loaf and coffee? Raisins and bacon? Use as many ingredients as you’d like – round them out with more from your pantry – and create a recipe fit for sharing! Post your recipe on Pinterest and include the hashtag #CAREPackageRecipes in the description of your pin so we can find it. We repinned some of our favorite recipes on our Pinterest board at http://www.pinterest.com/careorg/care-package-recipes/


The first CARE Package Ingredient list:

  • 1 pound of beef in broth
  • 1 pound of steak and kidneys
  • 8 ounces of liver loaf
  • 8 ounces of corned beef
  • 12 ounces of luncheon loaf (like Spam®)
  • 8 ounces of bacon
  • 2 pounds of margarine
  • 1 pound of lard
  • 1 pound of fruit preserves
  • 1 pound of honey
  • 1 pound of raisins
  • 1 pound of chocolate
  • 2 pounds of sugar
  • 8 ounces of egg powder
  • 2 pounds of whole-milk powder
  • 2 pounds of coffee