Despite Inflation Pushing Costs, Chester County Remains Determined to Help Residents

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West Chester Area Senior Center residents.

While inflation continues to push the cost of food and other goods and services up, Chester County has implemented programs to help residents deal with rising prices, writes Jen Samuel for the Daily Local News

According to the latest monthly report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, grocery food prices have gone up by 11.4 percent as of August compared to the same month last year. 

Overall, the food at home index increased by 13.5 percent in the past 12 months. Rental costs also increased by 6.7 percent over that period. Meanwhile, wages and salaries have not kept up with the overall spike in inflation on consumer prices. 

To help residents deal with inflation, Chester County has focused on strengthening its existing programs. 

“Chester County is not immune to the hardships that inflation can cause,” said Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell. “We are fortunate to have programs and resources offered by the county and in partnership with numerous local non-profit organizations. There are ample resources to assist residents with basic needs such as food, rent, and utilities.” 

He added that residents who require assistance can access resources by calling 2-1-1. 

Read more about the available programs in the Daily Local News.

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