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He Served His Country, Now the Food Bank Serves Him

Apr 02, 2017 08:56PM ● By Elena Hutslar
Facing Hardship in Later Years

By Rachel Braver
Communications Coordinator, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

Sadly, as financially independent adults transition into their senior years, they often find themselves needing help just to get by. They’ve worked hard for decades but end up facing hardship in their later years.

Mario, now 66, figured he would work until he could afford to retire; however, he was forced into early retirement at the age of 63. Because of an extremely painful genetic arthritic condition, he could no longer work as a building maintenance supervisor. “It got to a point where I could not use my hands for employment,” he shared. “Once the salary stopped, my life completely changed.”

Mario said he never thought about having to find services such as food assistance when he was working. “When you are getting a paycheck, you just go to the grocery store,” he explained. Like many seniors in our community, Mario lives on his modest Social Security check. Monthly Social Security of $1,164 allows Mario to share an apartment in Pleasant Hill with a roommate so he can split the $1,500 in rent. When every dollar counts, it’s clear “how vital the Food Bank is.” Mario relies on pantry staples, fresh produce, and eggs from the Food Bank. Just $1 provides food for two meals! Any donation you send today helps ensure that seniors and others living on fixed incomes in Contra Costa and Solano counties have healthy food to eat. Please help ease the burden of struggling seniors like Mario through foodbankccs.org/focus.


 

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