Japanese Americans waiting in mess hall line

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ddr-densho-151-354 (Legacy UID: denshopd-i151-00354)

Dorothea Lange Collection

Original caption: San Bruno, California. Noon time: Meal times are the big events of the day at assembly centers. Shown here is a line-up of evacuees waiting for the "B" shift. They carry with them their own dishes and cutlery in cloth bags to protect them from the dust, which they, themselves, individually wash after every meal. Most residents prefer this second shift, because they sometimes get second helpings, but the groups are rotated each week. There are eighteen mess halls in the center. Some accomodate as many as 800 people, three times a day. All food is prepared and served by evacuees.



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