The monthly food assistance of only $19 is barely enough for a 74-year-old Florida woman living on social security to make ends meet.
Elderly Mrs. Reynolds, who recently started working at the local Walmart as a part-time cashier, worries about being able to keep up with her basic expenses while receiving monthly Social Security checks totaling just over $700.
Even though Reynolds is receiving Medicare benefits, she still has to pay hefty copayments for prescriptions and doctor’s appointments.
Elderly women often worry about how they’ll keep their homes as bills pile up and they wonder if they’ll be able to pay for their medications for the week or their groceries for the week.
There are tens of millions of people who receive social security benefits but have to choose between paying one or more of their essential living expenses on a regular basis. Some people are in a worse situation than Mrs. Reynolds, and they choose to leave the high-cost areas of the United States and settle in other countries.
There is currently a $1500 monthly average in social security benefits, with some recipients receiving as little as $700 per month depending on their work history and other factors. More than 20 million Americans will reach retirement age in the next 15 years.