Food Storage Facilities of Labor Rehabilitation Program, 1930's
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Posted on 28 Jul 2015 16:43

In 1934, the United States Emergency Relief Administration began a program called the Labor Rehabilitation Program which was continued until 1946, through the Resettlement Administration from 1935 to '36, and through the Farm Security Administration, from 1937 to '46. This program was meant to help low-income farmers and farm laborers special assistance so that they could become self-supporting and remain on their farms.

The program included low-interest loans for purposes other than the purchase of land, debt adjustment, grants, assistance with management, and a push for farmer's cooperative associations.

Only a fraction of those in need of assistance were actually reached by this program, especially since there was vary little data on low-income farmer families.


canned-food-storage.jpg

Underground food storage facilities built
by farm families under the Labor Rehabilitation Program

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working for the U.S. Government. You are free to re-use this image.
Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division,
FSA/OWI Collection, reproduction # LC-USF34- 014186-D

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canned-food-storage.jpg

Underground food storage facilities built
by farm families under the Labor Rehabilitation Program

Photo public domain because it was taken by photographers
working for the U.S. Government. You are free to re-use this image.
Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division,
FSA/OWI Collection, reproduction # LC-USF34- 014186-D

Find a larger version for download

Some families, in return for grants, agreed to build food-storage cellars for storing canned foods and other food provisions, as well as to fix their outhouse facilities, well, and make improvements to their homes. The photo above shows an outside view of some of these food storage facilities built by farmers under the program.

There were also small groups of labor homes built on government owned land. These homes were provided to farm laborer families, much of which had been migrant.

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