71 year old Claudette tells me that lately, it’s impossible to make ends meet. For over 28 years she worked for Montgomery Ward and had to retire due to her husband’s epilepsy and health issues. Until a few years ago, they managed to make ends meet without assistance. That’s just not possible anymore. They’re both on social security and rely on a local pantry for food – “a blessing from God,” says Claudette. “We live in a small apartment. The energy costs, high cost of food, car insurance, gas…it’s overwhelming. Growing old isn’t for sissies. Throw in some health problems and before you know it, you’re broke.”


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