Most of the seniors we serve never imagined that they would someday be in the position of needing assistance from the Food Bank. Colleen, age 71, is no exception. She worked as a Dental Nurse for years. When her husband fell ill with cancer, she became his full-time caregiver. Now a widow for five years, she lives solely on her social security.
Like many seniors, Colleen has to make tough choices with her limited income, especially when it comes to paying for medical expenses.
“The price of meds is going up so high. One of my medicines went from a $1.20 co-pay to a $20.00 co-pay,” Colleen explains. She told her doctor that she was not going to be able to pay for that one any longer. “Yeah, I’ve had to make those choices and I’ve done without the medicine. It’s very real; it’s very very real.”
Colleen adds, “I’ve needed new glasses for a couple of years and I can’t afford them. Medicare covers the cost of an eye exam, but they don’t cover the cost of glasses.”
Colleen is extremely thankful for the food she receives from the Food Bank by way of a partnering pantry. “It makes it so much easier to live day-to-day. I don’t need a lot, but boy it sure comes in handy. Just a can of soup or a loaf of bread or a piece of meat, I can make that last for three or four days. It’s just saved my life.”
She enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering at the pantry and being the coordinator of the monthly dinners at her senior housing development. She encourages others to not feel ashamed for needing assistance. “If you are hungry and you don’t have the funds to buy yourself some decent food and take care of yourself, you need to find out about these programs and let people help you.”
To learn more and to make a financial gift to help seniors the Food Bank provide assistance, visit www.foodbankccs.org/seniors.