For the most part the information I share on this blog is designed to help people help themselves in the realm of preparedness and survival. Today I want to pass along a way you can help others survive what could be a difficult fall and winter, especially if you’re a hunter.
As a hunter, you take what you do seriously. It’s an important part of your life, whether for recreation or survival. If you’re successful, you’ll have plenty of meat for your own freezer and some to share with family, friends, people at church or work, etc. Recently I learned of another avenue for sharing the bounty and thought I’d mention it, in case you’re not already familiar with it. It’s called Hunters for the Hungry, but it may go by some other name, depending on the program in your state.
In general, these Hunters for the Hungry programs are cooperative efforts among hunters, sportsmen’s associations, meat processors, state meat inspectors and hunger relief organizations to help feed those in need. According to the NRA (National Rifle Association), over the past three years, such programs have brought hundreds of thousands of pounds of venison to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food banks. I’m sure food banks can use all the help they can get this year. Yet, each year Hunters for the Hungry program donations have multiplied and programs now find themselves turning away thousands of pounds of meat simply because they cannot cover the costs of processing, packaging, storing and distributing the meat.
If you’d like to find out more about the program in your state, the NRA has an information clearinghouse for this purpose, which you can access through their web site. Click here to find out more. As part of the NRA’s Hunter Services Department, the Clearinghouse puts interested individuals in touch with programs in their area and fosters public awareness through education, fundraising and publicity. The staff of the NRA Hunter Services Department also works in the field with state governmental agencies conducting meat processing and preparation of whitetail deer that are distributed to area food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and needy families. As a result, the efforts of the NRA will supply thousands of meals to the needy throughout the region.
I encourage you to get involved in a Hunters for the Hungry program near you. Whether you donate meat, money or time, your generosity is sure to be greatly appreciated. This is a way to do something you love as a hunter, while reaching out to others by meeting a basic human need.
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