La libreta

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La libreta

Photo by Alexandra Archuleta/Contributor

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Alexandra Archuleta,
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Cuban, government-owned supermarkets, otherwise known as bodegas, have been controlled by the Cuban government since Fidel Castro implemented a rations system in 1962.  From Castro’s regime to present day, families are required to bring their state-issued ration book, known as la libreta, each time they make a trip to the grocery store. Under the Cuban government, the food rationing system provides an allotted amount of food per household depending on age, gender and health status of the people living in the house.