Hunters for the Hungry Collection
Hunters for the Hungry (HFTH) is a program through which harvested deer become nutritious venison to benefit those who need it the most. Hunters donated more than 900 deer during the 2003 collection and in total, more than 115,000 pounds of venison have been donated since the program began in 1993, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
Hunters can donate deer on the weekends of Oct. 30-31, and again on Nov. 27-28 at six “weekend” collection sites and from Oct. 30 – Nov. 30 at four additional collection sites. Two new collection sites have been added this year – Starley’s Deer Processing in Irwinton (located in Wilkinson County near US Hwy. 441) and Garner’s Grinder in Sparta (located in Hancock County off of Ga. Hwy. 15). These two sites, in addition to Sealey’s Deer Cooler near Jefferson and Daffin’s Meat Processing in Columbus, will provide an extended opportunity to donate deer.
“The Hunters for the Hungry program is an opportunity to show the positive aspects of hunting – providing a very nutritious, low-fat meal for those who need it,” says WRD Director Dan Forster. “All of the agencies involved in sponsoring the program, the Department of Corrections, Department of Agriculture, Georgia Wildlife Federation (GWF), Georgia Outdoor Network and the Atlanta Community Food Bank provide such tremendous support to this program that helps make such a difference in the lives of needy Georgians.”
Hunters interested in participating in HFTH should bring field-dressed deer to any of the drop-off locations (see below). All hunters who donate a deer during these weekends will receive a free HFTH giveaway item and will have their name entered into a drawing, sponsored by GWF, for a deer rifle.
The following six locations will be available between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 30-31, 2004 and again on Nov. 27-28, 2004:
· Social Circle – WRD Fish Hatchery on Hwy. 278 (1.5 miles north of Exit 101 off I-20).
· Lexington – Oglethorpe County Farmer’s Market on U.S. Hwy 78.
· Newnan – Ga. Hwy 34 bypass (north of Newnan, east of intersection with Ga. Hwy 16).
· Dallas – Paulding Forest Wildlife Management Area Check Station.
· Gainesville – Hall County Farmer’s Market/Jesse Jewel Parkway at I-985.
· Rome – Berry College Wildlife Management Area Check Station.
The following four locations will accept deer (during business hours) from Oct. 30– Nov. 30,
· Jefferson – Sealey’s Deer Processing, 5675 South Apple Valley Road, (706) 335-9304
· Sparta (NEW!) – Garner’s Grinder, Rt. 3, Box 464-2, (706) 444-9228
· Columbus – Daffin’s Meat Processing, 4100 ½ River Bend Road, (706) 322-8848
· Irwinton (NEW!) – Starley’s Deer Processing, 190 George Hatcher Road, (478) 946-8976
For more information on donating game to those in need during other times of the year, call the Atlanta Community Food Bank at (404) 892-FEED. For more information on the HFTH program, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com, contact a WRD Game Management Office or call (706) 295-6041.