Given the extent and severity of the tornado strike, there were immense needs for many types of relief services. State and national agencies, as well as private groups, sprang into action, and many people donated goods, services, and cash. Several organizations, including the Works Progress Administration and the Salvation Army, set up food depots and soup kitchens to serve both storm victims and relief workers. Other agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Relief Association and the Civilian Conservation Corps, rescued the injured, recovered the dead, cleared debris, and built sanitary conveniences. The Red Cross collected important statistics through interviews with storm victims and provided a viable mechanism for funneling many generous donations to the massive relief efforts.
Hall County Library Historic Photograph Collection image hchp0163 shows relief workers gratefully receiving their “rations” from one of the emergency kitchens set up in downtown Gainesville.
Vast quantities of food were vital to the relief effort, as illustrated by this unusual shot of piles of vegetables and other provisions under guard beside the Federal Building, in Hall County Library Historic Photograph Collection image hchp0116.