> Greece is struggling after almost seven years of austerity policies, the country has sunk from recession into a full blown depression affecting people from all walks of life. Inside the municipality around Athen's Solidarity Center, Greeks wait with a ticket in hand to get their share of handouts such as food products or clothing.
But sometimes the center struggles too. About 26,000 people are registered here up from 2,500. A survey has found that over 75% of households suffered a significant income reduction last year. A third had at least one unemployed member. And as many as 40% said they had to cut back on food spending.
In Athens, many go to soup kitchens for their daily meal, and many don't turn on the heat. One such church runs soup kitchens serves 400 meals on a daily basis. A 61 year old unemployed volunteer, Eva Ackey-Salacki, herself a recipient of food handouts, says she struggles every day.
>> We just exist these days, most Greeks just exist.>> A survey conducted in December found that over 92% of Greeks said the debt crisis had affected them. Only 24% said they were satisfied with life. It's a figure far below much of the rest of the Euro Zone, and the situation shows little sign of improvement.