2G3 1939 25c Food Order Stamp, Second Printing 1939
Food order and cotton order stamps were the result of programs designed to broaden certain farm markets and provide subsidies to low-income consumers. They operated in similar fashion. Welfare recipients buying orange stamps at face value were eligible for free blue stamps for half the amount spent. The programs were introduced by the Federal Surplus Commodities Corporation in 1939, and carried on by the US Department of Agriculture in 1940 and 1941 when the FSCC was merged with other agencies and ceased to exist. Some cotton growers could also earn the surplus stamps for planting smaller crops.