Making ends meet as a senior on a fixed income has become a struggle for many. With inflation impacting everyday necessities, what used to be enough isn’t covering everything anymore.
Seniors have to cut back on meals, medications, or other essentials to get through the month, putting themselves at risk for quicker cognitive decline and malnutrition.
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has been working with its partner agencies throughout LA County to reach the most individuals possible, including seniors. Among those agencies is the All Peoples Community Center in the Historic South Central Neighborhood, serving individuals of all ages.
Evangelina lives independently, a benefit because she only has to worry about herself, but a struggle because she only has one income that, unfortunately, doesn’t cover everything.
At the time of meeting Evangelina, she was going through health issues. Her doctor recommended healthy eating as a way to improve her health, but with healthier, nutritious items out of reach financially, Evangelina knew there was a place where she can get healthy, nutritious items to make a nice meal. It’s thanks to the food at the All Peoples Community Center that people like Evangelina can have access to the food they need to live long, healthy lives.
Maria Soledad didn’t expect to have to retire one year early, nor that it would affect her in the future. At the time, however, caring for her sick daughter became her priority, so she retired.
Now, Maria Soledad receives less because of her age at retirement, pushing her to seek assistance from anywhere she can, including the All Peoples Community Center.
Maria Soledad has been attending the Center’s food distribution whenever possible. Whether she attends the distribution at All Peoples or another one, she always finds a familiar logo at any food pantry she goes to – the LA Regional Food Bank’s logo.