Scope and content
On 10 Feb. 1944, the Food Division was added to the temporary interim organization of the Bureau of Supply. A group of commodity sections was set up within the Division to perform all supply functions with respect to the particular commodity or commodity groups assigned to the respective sections. A Service Section was also included in the organization to perform the routine duties of preparing requisitions, maintaining time-tables, preparing progress reports etc.
Functions of the Division included the following:
To work with the Requirements and Allocations control group in the development of over-all food requirements estimates for countries to be assisted by UNRRA to refine and reconcile commodity requirements estimates in the light of probable available supplies; and to prepare requirements data in suitable form for presentation to the Combined Food Board.
To develop specifications and standards for the food items involved, including decisions as to types and varieties of products, methods of packaging, labeling, etc.
To negotiate with suppliers and procurement agencies, both U.S. and foreign, in arranging for purchases.
To prepare work-sheets of purchase requisitions.
To maintain appropriate records of world supply.
To maintain a time-table and follow-up on the various commodity branches to make sure that data is available when required.
To maintain records of the status of allocation requests.
To prepare progress and program status reports.