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Old 08-28-2019, 11:30 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Food stamps don't pay much. You'd have to really scrimp as a single person on food stamps. My girlfriend gets them - I think it's $193/month for her. That's not a lot to go on for food.
My daughter’s roommate in college was on snap and she went out drinking, I saw beer in her hand on her Instagram often.

 
Old 08-29-2019, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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I have a friend who is food insecure. He owns his own home. It's a run down shack with the floor falling out of the bathroom and needs a roof, but he doesn't pay rent, so he gets $72/month food stamps. He lives on $600/month SS. He is diabetic and has colon cancer. He can't afford a diabetic diet, since starches like rice and potatoes are the cheapest thing he can eat. He doesn't drive, so depends on friends to give him a ride to the nearest food pantry, 14 miles away. Sometimes it doesn't happen. He is slowly starving to death.
 
Old 08-29-2019, 05:19 AM
 
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I have a friend who is food insecure. He owns his own home. It's a run down shack with the floor falling out of the bathroom and needs a roof, but he doesn't pay rent, so he gets $72/month food stamps. He lives on $600/month SS. He is diabetic and has colon cancer. He can't afford a diabetic diet, since starches like rice and potatoes are the cheapest thing he can eat. He doesn't drive, so depends on friends to give him a ride to the nearest food pantry, 14 miles away. Sometimes it doesn't happen. He is slowly starving to death.
Lot of older people in that same boat.

For whatever reasons, chronic mental health issues, cognitive limitations, bad luck, ... they were never able to get situated in life and aging didn't improve matters any.
 
Old 08-29-2019, 05:27 AM
 
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Food stamps don't pay much. You'd have to really scrimp as a single person on food stamps. My girlfriend gets them - I think it's $193/month for her. That's not a lot to go on for food.
$6/day for food is doable. There are websites devoted to this. You eat a lot of eggs, beans and rice, ... and cook a lot, but plenty of people do it.

The problem for many older people is that they don't cook. They reheat. They might cook an egg, but they often aren't cooking soup, or casseroles, or boiling up a pot of beans.

They aren' chopping vegetables. They are opening cans.
 
Old 08-29-2019, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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It's easy to forget the hardship out there if you live in an affluent area or are pretty affluent yourself, as are many people here.
absolutely
 
Old 08-29-2019, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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$6/day for food is doable. There are websites devoted to this. You eat a lot of eggs, beans and rice, ... and cook a lot, but plenty of people do it.

The problem for many older people is that they don't cook. They reheat. They might cook an egg, but they often aren't cooking soup, or casseroles, or boiling up a pot of beans.

They aren' chopping vegetables. They are opening cans.
hummm not sure I agree.

1) websites 'devoted" to this? many seniors who are in a bad way will not have access to a "website". what? if you can't afford food do you seriously think they are going to be web surfing at home on a computer?

2) I disagree with seniors not being able to cook. sorry they are usually the ones who can cook, at least the ones I know. they did not grow up with a microwave nor prepackaged food. Not one of my senior relatives buys fast prepackage meals. now they will eat soup only because some times making home made soup is not easy.
 
Old 08-29-2019, 06:13 AM
 
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I would never ask my adult children for food. Fortunately, it will never be necessary.
You shouldn't have to ask. They should make sure you have what you need willingly.
 
Old 08-29-2019, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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Food stamps don't pay much. You'd have to really scrimp as a single person on food stamps. My girlfriend gets them - I think it's $193/month for her. That's not a lot to go on for food.
It's not intended to be their entire food budget, but to supplement that budget.
 
Old 08-29-2019, 06:17 AM
 
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There are many opportunities in my local community for help for hungry seniors, but I am also aware of people who qualify for them who refuse to out of pride/shame. I don't know how to solve that.
One thing i did for a friend was to take her to the food bank. I got in line with her, we both got our items and then i took her home. I gave her the meat items from my portion. She was thrilled.

This last week she went on her own and took another friend. It has really helped her. She is disabled and survives on SSDI. Lives in public housing.
 
Old 08-29-2019, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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I'm all for the food banks, but they apparently didn't qualify the recipients. Ie millionaires could come and get the free food. Don't tell me that people with plenty of money will not try to get free food. I have relatives that were millionaires and got meals on wheels.
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