Hot Lunch Program/Project
The images shown on this page were taken by Frank Gracey Jarrell (1896-1975) and preserved in a scrapbook. Mr. Jarrell was an administrator for the WPA during the Depression, a Postmaster, and an administrator for one of the Veteran Administration' hospitals in Nashville. The photos are now owned by his great-granddaughter, Brandi Hargrove, and used here with her express permission.
If can identify any of the people in these photos, please let us know.
Special thanks to Brandi Hargrove for her kindness in allowing us to use these photos.
What was the WPA?
The Works Projects Administration, the series of work projects
and programs established by Roosevelt during the Depression to give out-of-work
individuals a paycheck. Many people of the time adamantly refused to "go on
the dole (welfare)," as it was called, and instead insisted on working for the WPA.
The WPA had projects teaching sewing techniques, providing hot lunches to children,
building roads (this is where the highway systems began, and why every five miles
there will be a one-mile stretch of straight road, for planes to land on in emergency)
and public buildings like schools and offices. They gave artists work as well, having
them paint murals in government buildings, like post offices, many of which still exist.
There was also a Writer's Project, in which professional writers were given work
to write pamphlets and brochures for various tourist attractions and government
projects, like the TVA projects, which were also WPA. There were a slew of others
as well, some of which went away during the War, and some of which persist to this
day, usually under different names.
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If you have photos you would like to share with others, please e-mail the Hamblen County Coordinator.
June 23, 2008
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