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Japanese Americans waiting in mess hall line

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ddr-densho-151-348 (Legacy UID: denshopd-i151-00348)

Dorothea Lange Collection

Original caption: San Bruno, California. Supper time: Meal times are the big events of the day at assembly centers. This is a line-up of evacuees waiting for the "B" shift at 5:45 pm. They carry with them their own dishes and cutlery in bags to protect them from the dust. They, themselves, individually wash their own dishes after each meal, since dish washing facilities in the mess halls proved inadequate. Most of the residents prefer this second shift because they sometimes get second helpings, but the groups are rotated each week. There are eighteen mess halls in camp which, together, accommodate 8,000 persons for three meals a day. All food is prepared and served by evacuees.

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