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Utah State University Extension Fighting Hunger Among Senior Citizens

Utah Public Radio Wednesday, May. 30, 2018

According to the United States census, almost 15 percent of Utah senior citizens are facing hunger. With seniors making up 10 percent of Salt Lake County’s population, one program is providing fresh produce to fight hunger with over 3,800 pounds of fresh produce were distributed in 2017. All that fresh produce was enough to feed over 1,500 senior citizens. Katie Wagner is part of the horticulture faculty at Utah State University Extension and helps run the farmer’s market program. She said working together with multiple organizations like Adult and Aging Services and Wheeler Historic Farm, seniors are able to save money and improve their health. ... Wagner said the program is targeting senior centers in areas with a poor socioeconomic status. ... Since all the produce is free, the gardens and farmer’s market for seniors is run by volunteers. ... While a lot of the produce for the seniors comes from land on the Wheeler Historic Farm and the USU Botanical Center, the volunteers even grow fruits and vegetables in their own gardens.

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