She was hesitant to ask for help, because she was taught “as long as you can make it, you don’t need help.”
“Even with the help of local food pantries (Tree of Life Church and the Salvation Army), it can still cost $100 – $150 a month to buy food,” she said. The food she receives “is a very big help. I was actually afraid at first to try the canned meats and I did and they happen to taste just like fresh hamburger except it’s already cooked,” she said.
Carroll’s SNAP benefits (food stamps) were recently cut to $27 a month from $97 a month. The extra food she receives makes all the difference.
“It helps seniors out financially, it helps them actually have healthy food and able to keep their spirits up. If you don’t eat, you go downhill fast.”
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