There I was, at the Meijer in Brighton when something hit me like a ton of bricks.
I was talking to the cashier about how expensive everything is when she told me some of her regular customers have had to leave her line and put items back on the shelves because they can’t afford them anymore. Her voice dropped as she told me it was things like meat, eggs and vegetables. Not luxury items, but the food every family needs.
And what hit me were two distinct feelings: the first was how absolutely disheartening it is to hear about families in my hometown suffering like that.
I know so many other Michiganians are experiencing the same thing. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, meaning families must decide between gas in the tank or food on the table. Prices are skyrocketing, increased mortgage rates make buying a home impossible for many, and we are currently experiencing the highest default on credit card and car loans in years.