Senior Stimulus: How An Additional $1,400 Check Could Help Social Security Recipients Afford Rising Grocery Costs


One of the largest nonpartisan senior citizens advocacy groups, the Senior Citizens League (TSCL), is currently circulating a petition to gain attention and support for an urgent $1,400 stimulus check to deal with unprecedented inflation.

“I (and/or my spouse) want Social Security beneficiaries to receive a $1,400.00 urgent stimulus check to help them cope with this unprecedented inflationary year,” the petition reads. Social Security benefits are among the few types of retirement income that is inflation-adjusted.”

With the 5 percent inflation surge experienced over the past 13 months, the petition claims that the COLA increases are insufficient for seniors living on a fixed income. “In 2021, Social Security benefits increased by only 1.3 percent, raising the average benefit by only about $20 a month,” the petition continues. However, 86 percent of Social Security recipients polled say their expenses have increased significantly more than that.”

Another of the industries that has encountered the biggest rise in cost is the food industry. Even though price inflation has come in around 5 %, prices for chicken have increased 7.2 %, pork prices are up 9 percent and prices for ground beef are nearly up a whopping 13 percent from last year.

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On an already limited fixed income, a $1,400 check could help senior citizens afford groceries. According to SNAP research, roughly 25% of low-income seniors reported food insecurity.

In 2022, Social Security recipients will receive a 6% COLA increase, one of the largest on record, but rising inflation and Medicare costs are expected to eat up the majority of it. A fourth stimulus check could aid struggling seniors in recovering from a year of rising prices and supply chain disruptions that have hampered the recovery of basic grocery items.

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