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How many people went to soup kitchens during the great depression?
Alphabet soup is New Deal programs created to provide relief, reform, and recovery for American citizens.
Charities and public agencies ran the soup lines during the Great Depression.
The radio, which broadcast big band "gigs" and comedy and dramashows, were as cheap as $10 and became depression-era Americans'favorite form of home entertainment. The inventi…on of the 78-rpmrecord, which only cost 35 cents and the jukebox, which would playsongs for a nickel, were popular among the young who attendeddances. The big bands provided cheap entertainment. For 50 cents orless, the young jitter buggers could dance for hours at clubslistening to the music of Benny Goodman, Harry James, and other bigband leaders. The big band appearances were musically andeconomically successful. Harry James once drew 8,000 dancers in asingle night and 35,000 in a week at the Palladium Ballroom inHollywood, California. The radio, which broadcast big band "gigs"were as cheap as $10 and became depression-era Americans' favoriteform of home entertainment. Spectator sports were also popular for those who could afford to gosee a professional game. Libraries provided free books andmagazines to read. Many families that could stay together went toparks, rivers, and lakes. One of the most popular ways that Americans found entertainmentduring the depressions was going to the "movies". Hollywood was itsglory during the depression. With movies Americans could virtuallyescape the problems of the depression.
During the Depression, this self-sufficiency carried over into their social life. One-dish suppers and church potlucks were important ways to have fun and share food. On radio… and in women's magazines, home economists taught women how to stretch their food budget with casseroles and meals like creamed chipped beef on toast or waffles. Chili, macaroni and cheese, soups, and creamed chicken on biscuits were popular meals. Women baked their own bread. In the 70 or more years since the Great Depression, a lot has changed on the farms of rural America. All of these changes have resulted in farms that usually specialize in only one main crop. Today, entire regions have become "monocultures." Across the nation, hungry people waited in "soup lines" for a free meal, especially in larger cities. On the farm, growing, tending, preparing, and preserving food took many hours of work. There was usually no electricity to power refrigerators, so it was difficult to keep milk and other foods fresh, especially during the summer heat. Yet even during the Depression, many new foods were invented or introduced including: SpamKraft macaroni and cheeseToll House chocolate chip cookiesGood Humor ice cream barsBisquickKrispy Kreme doughnutsRitz CrackersNestle's chocolate chips.And Kool-Aid was invented in Hasting, Nebraska in the late 20s and became a national brand in the 30s. Also during the 1930s, Colonel Harland Sanders developed a secret formula of spices to flavor the fried chicken at his Sanders Court and Café (motel and restaurant) in Corbin, Kentucky. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) In 1938, activists sponsored a "relief banquet" at the Congress Hotel, demonstrating the average meal of families on welfare, Kraig said. The 8-cent dinner included carrots, onion, a slice of bread and half an apple. In comparison, a lobster dinner at the hotel in 1937 cost $2.75. Dining During the Depression (Reminisce Books, 1996), a collection of recipes contributed by people who grew up in the 1930s, tells a wider story. It features a variety of dishes made from weeds, such as poke salad, dandelions, milkweed and cattails. Where they could, people grew large gardens. Farmers struggled, but country folks ate better than urbanites. Velma Floyd, 91, a resident of the Smith Crossing retirement community in Orland Park, grew up on a farm in Lawton, Iowa, near Sioux City. "My dad butchered meat, and my mother canned it. It had a special taste. Today, I can still tell," Floyd says. The stove, she recalls, had no way to regulate the temperature, so cooking in it took considerable knowledge and patience, unlike today's microwave ovens. "That's all I have now," Floyd confides. Working-class families had few conveniences. "Everything was homemade," says Rosalie Schnierle, 89, a Gage Park resident who grew up in Back of the Yards. "There was a lot of cooking. There was a lot of baking," Her family didn't own a refrigerator, so they had to buy food daily. "I remember going to the Atlas Market and buying two pounds of meat and a bone," Schnierle says. Her mother would make it into a stew with potatoes and vegetables, and that would be dinner. Stews and soups, which could stretch a long way, made up many people's principal meals in the 1930s. Cooks made soups out of whatever they could find: coffee soup, pretzel soup, milk and noodle soup and the famous Depression soup -- 1/3 cup ketchup and 2/3 cup boiling water. Charity kitchens ladled out soup to the unemployed. Even notorious gangster Al Capone contributed, setting up Chicago kitchens to feed 3,000 jobless people three meals a day. "Breakfast consists of coffee and a sweet roll, and dinner and supper of soup, bread and coffee, with a second or third helping permitted," the New York Times reported.
Sold their possessions to get a little money and moved to other towns or states in desperate search of work. The movie Grapes of Wrath chronicles typical family struggles. The…y did anything they could to make money. Picking fruit and cotton was common. Most didn't even make enough to eat.
The banks shut down and they ran out of work which led to them not having money to put in savings.They also were using in stock markets and the stock market crashed.They were …trying to save their belongings.
They did things lilke listen to the radio, play board games, sports, & more. They tried to find ways to make fun without money.
The Great Depression was an important part of American History. Many people died due to illness, malnutrition, and suicide. It is estimated that about 40,000 people commit…ted suicide during the Great Depression.
In the 10 years of the Great Depression 9,000 banks went under JUST in US.
I was not around for the "Great Depression" but I have learned a few things from my family history. 1.Communities pulled together. Those who had shared with those who did no…t. Friends, family, churches helped each other. Some people were even willing to take in other families -into already cramped quarters by todays standards. 2.People were used to not having as much back then (compared to today) even before the Depression - they were more appreciative to have a few simple needs met. 3.People were more self reliant. They often had large gardens to grow their own food. They canned. They fished and hunted and stored up for the winter. More people knew how to make their own things. 4.There was one member of my family that camped out in the town park for the summer with their family. They were working, but they saved money by not having to pay rent for a few months. When cold weather came they had extra money. How many local governments would allow people to do this today? The "kids" fondly remember this as a great summer. Prejudice and discrimination
How many people were homeless during the Great Depression? Between one and two million people.
They migrated to places where there was better opportunity for jobs, like west to California, for instance.
The "soup kitchens" were set up in the streets to feed the starving population, The most nutritional food that is cheap and easy to produce is soup.
People felt like life was over. Emonism actually started during the great depression. In 1930, people across America and the USA decided life was at a stand still. Women slutt…ed for money, and guys whored for money. They were without jobs, and without jobs you dont have anything.
The people during the great dpression times sleeped along the streets and fed themselves with little amount of food that the government provided.
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probably soup that was easy to make so there would be enough to go around.