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Lift a Beer to Help Fight Hunger

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Hunger among adults 50 and older is a largely invisible but growing problem in the Twin Cities. To help keep the shelves of food banks stocked, AARP and Second Harvest Heartland are hosting happy hour beer tours at local craft breweries.

In return for a nonperishable food item, participants will get a free beer and a brewery tour.  Food donations will help feed those in need in the local 50-plus community.

“It’s also a way to introduce people to local businesses and to invite our members out to connect with each other,” said Erin Parrish, AARP Minnesota advocacy and outreach director.

Two events are planned for this month, both from 5 to 7 p.m.: Oct. 13 at Surly Brewing Co., 520 Malcolm Ave. S.E., Minneapolis; and Oct. 22 at Tin Whiskers Brewing Co., 125 E. 9th St., Unit 127, St. Paul.

Participants will also be able to enter a drawing for a special beer-themed giveaway.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, go to or call 877-926-8300 toll-free.

Second Harvest Heartland distributes food to homeless shelters, senior community centers and children’s school-based programs. Volunteers are needed at Second Harvest. For more information, go to —Mary Van Beusekom

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