Food banks are always stocking up on essential items to help families in need. Protein is one of the fundamental nutrients and is important in the development process of the brain and body, but it is also the hardest resource for food banks to collect. Hoosier hunters and farmers have the option to give back this season by donating their large wild game, cattle, poultry and hogs to the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program.
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life of Hoosiers needing assistance obtaining nutritious meats. The organization serves approximately 430,000 Indiana residents each year, and since 2005, more than 760,000 pounds of meat have been donated to soup kitchens and pantries across the state. This means nearly 2.6 million meals have been served to Hoosiers to date.
The program benefits our community in more ways than one. For example, a high deer population can result in damage to state parks and local crops, and put drivers at a higher risk of being involved in a car crash. The Department of Natural Resources needs help alleviating these problems while making sure the extra meat hunters have is put to good use. Farmers and ranchers may also deduct the value of the livestock donated on their taxes.
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry partners with 92 meat processors across the state, covering 85 Indiana counties. To donate, you will need to bring in fresh, legally tagged, clean and field-dressed wild game to your closest, participating processor. When donating livestock, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry will pay the processing fees on the donated portions of livestock, and they will accept whole or half donations. They cannot, however, accept wild fowl or fish.
Local participating meat processors include: Wilson’s Slaughtering & Processing in Brownstown, Memphis Meat Processing in Memphis, Lyndels Processing in Paoli and The Deer Shoppe in Mitchell.
Give back this season and help support hungry Hoosiers by donating your extra wild game or livestock to families in need. To find out more information on how you can participate, visit www.hoosiersfeedingthehungry.org.
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73,
Washington County, and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.
Click here to download a high-resolution photo.