During World War II, the kitchen was used far too little for which it was intended unfortunately. To get something to eat almost was a full-time job. There were food stamps, but you had to pay close attention if you could still use the vouchers you had. Some products were not even available anymore, substitutes were brought on the market. Elsewhere in the country the scarcity was often even greater. In the hunger winter 1944-1945 people came all the way from Haarlem to Aalten to get food.