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Vikings Fans Encouraged To Help Tackle Hunger On Sunday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 19, 2011 – 12:01 pm

The Vikings are teaming up with UnitedHealthcare to host a Food & Fund Drive to collect non-perishable food items for hungry Minnesotans. Fans attending Sunday’sVikings-Raiders game will be greeted by UnitedHealthcare volunteers who will be collecting food and funds at all entrances to Mall of America Field prior to the game.

Food and funds collected at the game will be given to Second Harvest Heartland for distribution throughout its 59-county service area. Non-perishable and non-breakable food items can include such items as canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned meat, boxed pasta, rice, and peanut butter.

Hunger in Minnesota is on the rise. In fact, visits to Second Harvest Heartland’s member agencies increased 82% in the last three years, from 943,000 visits in the first eight months of 2008 to 1.7 million visits in the first 8 months of 2011. Senior hunger in particular is on the rise. More than 136,000 seniors age 65 and older visited food shelves in Second Harvest Heartland’s service area during the first 8 months of 2011. That’s an increase of 50% over that same 8-month period in 2008.

The Vikings Food & Fund Drive is part of UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative. For more information on UnitedHealthcare and its “Do Good. Live Well.” campaign, visit www.dogoodlivewell.org. For more information on Second Harvest Heartland, visit www.2harvest.org. Follow the partnership between the Minnesota Vikings, UnitedHealthcare and Second Harvest Heartland on Twitter at #VikingsDGLW.


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