JESSICA Harrison lives in Wonthaggi where it’s hard to find jobs at the best of times. She has received countless knockbacks from potential employers as she struggles along on $277 a week. She’s 65.
Jess considers herself lucky. “This is a beautiful place and I have lots of friends who take care of each other. It’s still tough at times. You get a knot in the stomach when you've spent too much on food.”
If every cent goes on essentials, common place food items become unaffordable luxuries. One time a shopper behind her at the checkout paid for an item that broke Jess’s budget.