The so-called "dole" was a small amount of support that the government distributed to the poor, other known as direct relief. With this they distributed flour, pork, split peas, corn meal, molasses, and cocoa. Even though this only provided only half of a persons nutritional needs. Therefore Government officials were afraid that people would become too comfortable and not try to succeed elsewhere.

Soup Kitchens started around 1929 just around the time the Great Depression happened. They were first ran by either churches or private charities. By the mid 1930's State and Federal Governments were also operating them. The Soup Kitchens served three meals a day, and each city and town had one. These Kitchens were either ran outdoors, in churches, cafeterias or service centers.

Breadlines were actually differ very much from Soup Kitchens, unlike Soup Kitchens Breadlines would serve only one meal a day. The basic routine would be, stand in line, recieve a piece of bread, and go back home, limited to only one person.