As she stood in line for the Mobile Market in Richland, Rose had some advice for young people: “Get tough. You’re going to need it.”
Rose lives in an independent living facility with people age 55 and older, and she’s seeing how hard it is for many of them to afford the basics—herself included. “Seniors are just getting hammered with rent increases right now,” she said. Rose’s rent increased twice last year, and it’s going to go up again on January 1, 2020.
Rose said that the price of everything seems to be going up—including food. “Every time you go, it’s more expensive,” said Rose. She fears she soon won’t have enough money to pay for her medication. “It’s getting close. You have to make tough choices sometimes.”
“It’s just stress every month trying to figure out what you can and can’t have. We’re existing—not living.”
Rose was grateful that the food she received at the Mobile Market would make her life a little less stressful. Not only would she be able to use the money she would have spent on food on other basic needs, but she’d also get different types of food she normally couldn’t afford. “It’ll be food I won’t have to purchase. More variety—maybe some vegetables. It’s hard to have a variety. You buy whatever’s the cheapest.”
When asked what Rose’s hopes are for the future, she said, “That somebody realizes we just can’t pay anymore.”