Help the Vikings end hunger for seniors

5:21 PM, Oct 19, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS--The Minnesota Vikings, Second Harvest Heartland and UnitedHealthcare are teaming up once again to help tackle senior hunger in the Twin Cities. 

On Sunday, Oct. 21, 150 volunteers from UnitedHealthcare will participate in a Vikings Food & Fund Drive from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. prior to the Vikings-Cardinals game at Mall of America Field, collecting nonperishable food items and donations for Second Harvest Heartland.

The AARP estimates that 9 million older adults nationwide face the threat of hunger. Feeding America states that 35 percent of households with seniors served by the organization and its affiliate food banks have had to choose between food and paying for heat or utilities. In Second Harvest Heartland's 59-county service area in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, food shelf visits by people 65 and older have increased 61 percent over the past four years. 

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