If you go to the South Dakota State Fair, you're sure to get your fill of food. But some organizations are asking fairgoers to think of those whose plates are too often empty.
The AARP and Feeding South Dakota are partnering with the state fair to fight hunger and they're asking fairgoers to join.
"We want to raise awareness and let people know steps they can take to help people fight hunger in South Dakota," AARP's Sarah Jennings said.
The two groups are handing out postcards and holding information sessions about hunger needs in the state.
Jack Kempter and Roger Papka stopped by their table Thursday. As part of a Vietnam Veterans organization which collects food for the needy, they're glad to see people doing what they can to help.
"There's definitely a need out there," Kempter said.
"Once we get ourselves involved in the community there you'll find all kinds of people and the need is actually much, much greater than we ever see," Papka said.
Together with that message, officials at the fair are telling people how they can get involved, whether it's donating money, food or time.
"I think having hunger at the fair with the agriculture focus we have here at the fair too makes a lot of sense, so we're expecting a great turnout," Jennings said.
In addition to gathering food at the fair, the organizations are hoping to direct awareness to food needs in South Dakota year round.
Anyone donating a nonperishable food item at a State Fair gate Friday between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. will get a $2 discount on the admission price. Fair organizers expect a lot of participation.
“We're hoping to collect a good amount of food for Feeding South Dakota to go out there and help people in need. Last year I think we collected 1,200 pounds of food so hopefully this year we can beat that,” State Fair Official Candi Hettinger said.
The offer is only good Friday morning.