Hunt for the Hungry
New Hampshire's hunters can help the less fortunate by sharing their fall harvest with the "Hunt for the Hungry" program. Once again this year, the New Hampshire Food Bank, based in Manchester, is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution to more than 270 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes statewide.
In 2004, Hunt for the Hungry took in more than 1,300 pounds of donated deer, bear, moose, duck and other game meat. The program offers packaging instructions and can pick up your meat donation. To donate game, call the food bank at (603) 669-9725.
"Wild game has historically provided a source of food to hunters, their families and their communities," said Lee E. Perry, executive director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. "This program is a great way for hunters to give back to their communities by providing needy families with food to help them get through the winter."
"We thank New Hampshire's hunters!" says Michele Garron, the food bank's operations manager. "These donations from hunters make a real difference for the needy in our state." A hunter herself, Garron hopes to be successful in the field this season so she can contribute some venison to the program. She noted that deer meat is both delicious and healthful -- high in protein and low in fat.