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The Bottom Line


Retirement is bliss they say. Not so much for Richard. His focus is on the bottom line, whether his family will make it this month between his Social Security and his wife's meager income working at a assisted living facility.

Utilities and fuel are expensive in the city. Richard and Ana have lived in Seattle for 25 years, and prices have steadily risen. After the inflexible bare bones budget, there isn't much left over for groceries.

The food bank makes a big difference, it "counteracts having to spend money at the store."

Richard and his wife are touched by the efforts people make to give from their abundance, "Thank you for having the heart to care. I'm grateful you're not completely focused on the bottom line."

University District Food Bank is a Food Lifeline partner. Click here to learn how you can help people like Richard and Ana.

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