Cuba: Food rationing

“Miguel opened a door. ''Here is where we buy food with pesos,'' he said. Inside is a dingy, windowless room. There are no aisles or shelves, only a single counter behind which are a couple sacks of rice, a couple more of beans, some oil, and what look like packets of a juice mix. Above the counter, a chalkboard lists the rationed staples that Cubans are supposed to be able to buy, with prices next to those that are available. Milk isn't available. Neither is laundry soap. Or toothpaste. Or salt. Or matches. Not even on the ration list are fruit, green vegetables, cheese, and meat.”

  • Monthly, per person:
  • 6 pounds of rice
  • 3 pounds of brown sugar
  • 3 pounds of refined sugar
  • 20 ounces of beans (green peas or lentils)
  • 12 ounces of coffee
  • Half a liter of oil (every two or three months)
  • 10 ounces of salt
  • One quarter pound of ground beef/soy mixture
  • Half a pound of mortadella (every two months)
  • 1 pound of fish
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 bar of laundry soap (every two months)
  • 1 bar of bath soap (every two months)
  • 1, 80-gram, loaf of soft bread, (daily)
  • 1 tube of toothpaste (every two months for three people)

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