Sportsmen Against Hunger in need of Financial Contributions

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With the firearm deer season opening this week, the popular Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program is in need of additional financial support to assist in meeting the processing costs of donated venison for distribution to food banks and food pantries throughout the state.

Funding for processing deer donated to ISAH comes entirely from monetary donations by hunters and other individuals and businesses who support the program.

“An unexpected increase in donations of deer during the archery season has depleted the funds available to process deer heading into the firearm season,” said Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program coordinator Tracy Shafer. “History tells us that most of the deer donated to the program will come during the upcoming firearm seasons. While we are short of funds, we will be unable to accept deer donated to the program unless hunters are also willing to donate a $35 fee to help cover the cost of processing the meat.”

The Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program has been a highly successful effort to help feed hungry people in Illinois. Last year, hunters donated more than 30,000 pounds of venison through participating meat processors. Since the program was initiated in 1994, donations have totaled more than 140,000 pounds of venison, providing more than 550,000 meals.

“We are more than halfway toward our goal of providing a million meals to needy families in the state, but we are really in a crunch this year,” Shafer said. “We hope hunters and others who support the program will make a monetary donation to the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger effort.”

Hunters, businesses and any interested donor can contribute through the Illinois Conservation Foundation, a 501 ©) (3) corporation, in support of the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program. Anyone making a $35 donation by Dec. 31 will be entered in a drawing to win an Archery Research bow, donated by Two Bears Archery of Springfield.

For more information or to arrange a donation to the program, phone 217/782-4963. Monetary donations may also be mailed to Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger, c/o Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.