The Grapes of Wrath

What does the following mean: “For every manload to lift, five pairs of arms extended to lift it; for every stomachful of food available, five mouths to open”?

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Basically it illustrates the economic rule of supply and demand. This was the depression in America. There were five men for every job. There was hence not enough money, given by companies, for families to support themselves, kids went hungry.