AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - A recent study found that Massachusetts seniors are living on less than half of the income they earned before they retired, and the executive director of the Amherst Survival Center says they are noticing a change.
The Amherst Survival Center offers a fresh food pantry, a soup kitchen, a free health clinic and a free store where people can get clothing. The center recently moved to a location that's twice as big as the space they occupied for decades. Executive Director Cheryl Zoll told 22News that they are serving more seniors than ever before.
"We are serving 20% more seniors that we were serving before. They come for food, for health care, for clothing, and the need is there, it seems to be growing," Zoll said.
Zoll says that before the move, they were serving a 1,000 lunches per month. That number has now gone up to 1,500.