Benefits Fall Short

With as much as Linda paid in to Social Security over her lifetime, she thought she would receive back more in benefits when she reached retirement. “I get Social Security…

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Ruth & Kaira

The return to school means buying school supplies and clothing, expenses that can be hard for families to manage – especially if they have multiple children. Ruth, from Advance, understands…

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Joyce’s Story

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc, many people are struggling more than ever to make ends meet and some are forced to choose between eating or paying bills. On a…

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Heartland Food Insecurity

Imagine 2,310 adults standing in a line. Now add another 1,030 or so children. Those 3,340 people represent food insecurity in New Madrid County. With a county population of only…

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JoAnn’s Story

Rising food costs due to COVID-19 are especially hard for people like JoAnn, who lives on a fixed income. The Ste. Genevieve woman receives Social Security and SNAP (food stamp) benefits, but it’s not…

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Susan’s Story

A mother’s love for her child is comparable to nothing else. Even in the face of hunger, Susan, a lifelong Delta, MO resident, would sacrifice her own comfort to make…

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Tim’s Story

Volunteering in the COVID-19 pandemic can be a scary proposition, but doing it for a cause you truly believe in and knowing it makes a difference to those in need…

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Rebecca’s Story

Going without a paycheck for over a month can take a toll. It’s especially hard for Rebecca because she has two grandchildren who depend on her. Before COVID-19 hit the…

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Howard’s Story

It’s been over a month since Missouri’s stay-at-home order was issued, forcing many businesses to close and leaving numerous people out of a job. Even with the amount of time…

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Linda’s Story

Linda was born and raised in Portageville and knows how poor her community is. “There’s a lot of people here that need this,” Linda said of a mobile food distribution…

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