FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BIG ISLAND, VA
FOR THE HUNGRY PROGRAM OFF PACE BY 80,000 POUNDS
GREATER THAN EVER!
general firearms deer season will began Saturday, November 17 and we at
Hunters for the Hungry find ourselves substantially behind in donations
of deer through the archery and muzzleloading seasons.
At the same time the feeding programs we supply the venison to
are seeing a greater need for this lean meat than ever before.
Laura Newell-Furniss, program director, said “We are getting
calls every day from individuals and from feeding programs requesting
the venison. The need for
this high quality lean protein is great.
We are hoping that the deer hunters will donate more deer than
ever during the general firearms season and help us assist their local
foodbanks, church food pantries and soup kitchens to get this nutritious
food to people who are struggling to feed their families.”
is easy, hunters just need to take their field dressed, legally tagged
deer to a participating processor.
(The statewide list is in the enclosed brochure, if you are
able to mention the local processors in your article or story that would
assist us in getting the needed information to hunters who wish to
participate.) The processor will record the date and county of the
harvest, the check in number and the hunters contact information.
We will then pay the processor to skin, cut, wrap and freeze the
meat. It will look very similar to lean beef that you would find in
your grocery store. When
the processor has a quantity of deer ready to be picked up they call us
and we make arrangements for the meat to be picked up by a local feeding
program who will then give it to people in need in their community. We are grateful to all our participating processors who give
our program a discount off their normal processing fee. This is very generous of these hard working men and women.
are hearing from the local feeding programs that their requests for food
have increased by two to three times what they were last year.
Continuing increases in food prices and the struggling economy
have meant more people are in need of help.
If you were to visit your local food bank or pantry, you will see
first hand the shortages and the many people who are in need of
assistance. The need for
meat is especially great.
our program began in 1991, the deer hunters of Virginia have donated in
excess of 4.9 million pounds of meat.
This is enough venison to provide 19.8 million quarter pound
servings of this quality food! We
ask the deer hunters to once again share your harvest with those in need
this year. The compassion
you have shown your fellow man is to be commended.
We would remind hunters that the donation of mature large bodied
deer help our donated dollars for processing to go further!
For more information, please visit our website at www.h4hungry.org or give us a call at 1-800-352-4868. Please help us make this abundant renewable natural resource available to people in need.