Utah Seniors Dig Deep to Help Food Bank

Nov 26, 2012

AARP Utah was about to give an $8,000 donation to the Utah Food Bank this month when the group decided to see if its members could match it with their own donations. And match it they did. Danny Harris with AARP says they far exceeded the $8,000 goal—raising a whopping $38,000.

"We couldn’t believe the response that we got from our members here in this state. We were just so impressed with the generosity of our members, and their willingness to give. We had no idea that they would have responded like they did and we’re very pleased with the results."

AARP Utah has been part of a national campaign called Drive to End Hunger, to prompt seniors on fixed incomes to accept a little help. Harris says it's important for friends and family members to be on the lookout for needs that aren't always evident.

"I think there’s a lot of people in our state that would rather try and figure it out on their own and try to be self-sufficient, and that’s an admirable quality. But if you do know folks who are in need of that additional help, the Food Bank would have great resources in terms of how to broach that subject and address the issue."