Hunger CartAARP South Dakota in cooperation with the South Dakota State Fair are working to fight hunger in South Dakota.   Friday, August 30th from 7-10 am, fair goers are invited to bring a non-perishable food item to any gate at the state fair grounds and receive $2.00 off admission to the State Fair for the day.

“This is the third year we’ve held a food drive in conjunction with the South Dakota State Fair and it’s been a tremendous success,” said Leni Healy, AARP South Dakota associate state director for outreach and education.  “Thanks to the generosity of fair goers in the past two years we’ve collected more than 3,500 pounds of food to fight hunger in South Dakota.”

According to Meals on Wheels, nearly 4% of South Dakota’s seniors are food insecure, meaning they can’t afford to buy enough, or nutritious food.   Nationwide, nearly nine million people 50+ struggle every day to put food on the table.  In Feb. 2011, AARP Foundation initiated Drive to End Hunger, a multiyear nationwide campaign to raise awareness and funds about the problem of hunger among the 50+, and find long-term solutions to the hunger problem.

AARP South Dakota and AARP volunteers across the state support Drive To End Hunger through food drives, and other efforts including packing supplement food boxes for Feeding South Dakota which are delivered to more than 1500 senior citizens each month.

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