Robert Burke, Canyon, Idaho
Interview By Sasha Abramsky | Posted Friday April 27, 2012Download MP3 Audio (Right Click this link & select Save)
Robert Burke has done a bit of everything in his time, he says: timber, farming, truck-driving, scrap metal collecting. But no more. After two serious back surgeries, he’s on disability. He, his wife, and three teenage grandchildren they are rearing, live on one thousand dollars a month in SSI and SSD payments, and $200 per month food stamps. And, so, to make the food stretch the month, he stands in line at the Oasis Food Center, in Caldwell, Idaho, to pick up boxes of bread, frozen processed meats, occasionally some fresh vegetables. Many in the line are members of the working poor. Many others lost their jobs during the recession. Burke is weathered, tough; he looks like a man who has endured Hard Times; he looks, in many ways, like a character out of the Great Depression.
Froster from USA on Friday May 25, 2012:
I appreciate Robert Burke. I also hope he will recover soon. His preset financial condition will be overcome. By the way thanks for sharing.
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Daniel Mccumllam from USA on Saturday May 26, 2012:
Much appreciation for Robert Burke. I think his present economical condition will be change and turn to improve. Thanks dude.
Sonja on Sunday January 13, 2013:
I believe that the times that challenge us are the times where the most growth can come. This may be a time to re-invent yourself. We are never too old to learn something or try something new. Maybe you can take your expertise and open up your own business or the government offers education programs to people facing hardship maybe take this time to go back to school and try something that you always wanted to try but didn’t have the time. In the face of adversity opportunity arises. Good look on your new adventure!
sam green from russia on Friday November 21, 2014:
this is a hard working man, he deservse to live in a good home, and not on the streets, green card .