New Hampshire Hunt For Hungry Program Needs Donations

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New Hampshire's hunters can help the less fortunate by sharing all or part of 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 350 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes statewide.

Last year (2006), the Hunt for the Hungry program took in 1,280 pounds of donated deer, bear, moose, duck and other game meat -- up from nearly 900 pounds donated by hunters in 2005. The program offers packaging instructions and can pick up your meat donation. To donate game, call Food Bank Operations Manager Michele Garron at (603) 669-9725.

If you're donating a whole deer or moose, you can bring it to Lemay & Sons Beef in Goffstown (603-622-0022), and they will process it for the food bank at no charge.

"Hunt for the Hungry is a great way for hunters to share the harvest to help needy families get through the winter," said Donald S. Clarke, Acting Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. "Wild game is a local renewable resource that is high in protein, low in fat and 100% organic - not to mention delicious."

"We are really counting on hunters and backyard farmers to support the Food Bank," said Garron. "This year has been particularly difficult for us because there has been a trend over the past two years of decreasing donations. We are really struggling." Corporate donations to the Food Bank have been down in recent years because increased efficiencies leave less product left over to pass along, Garron explained. Donations of protein foods have been especially hard to come by.

A hunter herself, Garron hopes to be successful in the field this season so she can contribute some venison to the program.

For more information on the New Hampshire Food Bank, visit /nhfoodbank.org.

For online hunting license sales, visit www.nhfishandgame.com .