There is a growing population of East African families coming from refugee camps to Minnesota, especially to the southern-most counties including Le Sueur, Nicollet, and Blue Earth.

The Horn of Africa Aid and Rehabilitation Action Network (HAARAN) estimated that in 2017 there were 200 families in the St. Peter and Mankato areas supporting 65 elders, ages 50 and over.

Starting on October 10, the Saint Peter Senior Center will serve Halal meals with focused outreach to East African elders. The meal will be a suggested donation for those that meet age eligibility and for other community members it will be for cost.