At last weekend’s Pop-up for National Hunting and Fishing Day, I had the pleasure of meeting Kim Marie Tolson of Hunters for the Hungry. If you’re a hunter, you need to know about this nonprofit. Here’s why.
An estimated 6 million deer or 288 million pounds of venison are harvested by American hunters each year. Meanwhile, nearly 1 in 7 Americans face hunger a daily basis. Hunters for the Hungry bridges this imbalance by minimizing wasteful harvesting.
Through their Fresh Game Program, hunters can donate whole deer, ducks, or fish to those in need.
- Game is processed at no cost to the hunter when brought to a designated HFH processor
- Hunters can keep the backstrap of processed donations
- HFH partners with local food banks, soup kitchens, and shelters to provide nutritious meals to those in need
Since its inception in the 1990s, Hunters for the Hungry has distributed more than 150,000 pounds of donated meat to Louisianans in need. And in advance of deer season opening in most of the state, they’re hosting a “clean out your freezer” event this weekend. Donate frozen game or fish at Cajun Field in Lafayette this Sunday, October 2nd between 10:30 and 3:30. You can also donate throughout the season at a processor near you.
As hunters, we have the unique ability to provide for ourselves and our families. Let’s do our part to help neighbors who aren’t so lucky.