Economic uncertainty brings challenges to those on fixed incomes

Economic uncertainty brings challenges to those on fixed incomes

February 14, 2022 in Bart's Hope Notes Harvest Time Newsletter

Economic uncertainty and inflation have been felt by thousands of households across the Ozarks. The pandemic is still very much a part
of our lives and continues to impact the economy and household budgets.

The cost of living has increased, specifically housing, rent, utilities, fuel, and food. As we enter 2022, families across the Ozarks have been forced to tighten their budgets.

Approximately a third of clients served by The Food Bank are seniors, whose fixed incomes simply aren’t enough when prices go up. Now is a perfect time to join Ozarks Food Harvest and help neighbors in need.

Donors like you allow us to provide meals for people like Margaret, a senior who receives food assistance from Ozarks Food Harvest.

“When my husband and I retired, we thought we would be fine drawing our social security. Not true. We were very naïve. Money issues got to be a very real challenge. I can’t express enough to Ozarks Food Harvest how grateful we are for the food.”

Giving back is top of mind for many during the holiday season, but as a busy new year begins, it’s easy to forget that families in the community are still struggling.

Having enough money to purchase groceries becomes especially difficult during the winter. Utility bills skyrocket as the temperature drops, and hardworking parents must make a tough choice: Do I keep the heat on, or do I get groceries for the week? A staggering 67 percent of families we serve must make this decision.

Julia explains how important The Food Bank is. “We’re a family of five. My kids are always so eager to see what we get in the produce box because produce is something that we don’t often splurge on. I appreciate it because my husband and I don’t get any [government] assistance, but this really helps us out.”

Today, I’m asking you to take a moment to think about what small sacrifices you might make so that these families can get the food they need. Forgo your daily coffee for a week and donate the money you saved, or purchase a few extra canned goods at the grocery store to donate. Small acts of kindness make a big impact.

I hope that 2022 is off to a great start for you and your family. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to all that is to come for The Food Bank and the community this year.