What will you miss the most?

People of the Great Depression didn’t really ask for help, and yet they received it. Like the Beatles song, learn to “Get by with a little help” from your friends. Some survivors of the Great Depression accepted the charity support of penny restaurants and soup kitchens.

Penny restaurants fed the proud. Penny restaurants popped up as a way to feed unemployed families who were too proud to accept charity. People paid pennies for meals that were subsidized by charitable organizations. Patrons paid only a small portion of the actual food costs.

Soup kitchens fed the rest. Soup kitchens fed many people, the way charitable organizations and food banks feed people today. Chefs could make soup with whatever was available, including produce grown in charity gardens. Soup was a convenient, one pot meal that could be served with bread. Plus, it was easier to clean up than other more elaborate meals.

Learn from people who survived the Great Depression. While many of the survivors are now deceased, there is still a wealth of knowledge available in the form of DVDs, books and the Internet.

What did people miss most during the Great Depression? As one grandmother put it… “nails, garden seeds, wire, string, sewing supplies, clothes pins, bleach, disinfectant, and vanilla.” What will you add to the list? Take one day to write down everything you use from your toothbrush to a pencil to ear swabs or chocolate.

What will you miss the most? That’s the stuff you should hoard too.

Always Safe, Always Prepared

Frank Mitchell

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