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The Face of Hunger: To afford food, seniors stretch dollars and rely on others

1 Lawrence 
Mary Sykora
2 Mary Sykora 
Bobby Jo's Place
3 Bobby Jo's Place 
Bobby Jo's Place
4 Bobby Jo's Place 
Cindy Smart
5 Cindy Smart 
Marie Gagnon
6 Marie Gagnon 
Marie Gagnon
7 Marie Gagnon 
Marie Gagnon
8 Marie Gagnon 
Richard and Delores Mauch
10 Richard and Delores Mauch 
Richard Mauch, a World War II veteran and former farmer, surveys the damage to his machine shed from a storm the night before. Both the east and north walls were blown out. Living on a fixed income, he and his wife already live a very thrifty lifestyle and accept assistance through a federally funded food box program. They hope their insurance will cover the cost of the damage.
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Earl Komis, 94, of Ortonville, Mn., lives on his own in an apartment complex. He receives $651 a month from social security, but it falls $200 short of what he needs monthly. To make up the difference, Komis finds jobs in the community. Until recently he worked as a museum tour guide. Komis receives food once a month from the NAPS program, and also attends the senior dining service in town. He vividly recounted a story during the Great Depression when he was 15 years old, had not eaten for a day-and-a-half, and waited by the roadside for help. Despite his limited income, nothing these days can compare to how he struggled back then, Komis says.
12 Earl Komis