Monday, November 05, 2001

Hunters donate deer to food banks




By Richelle Thompson
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Hunting is a family tradition for Jason Boyd. He likes the outdoors, the skill hunting requires, and the sense of accomplishment that he's providing for his family. This year, hunting also will help feed the hungry.

        Mr. Boyd this year started a local chapter of the national group Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. The organization solicits donations of deer meat to give to the poor.

        In its first four years, from 1997 to 2000, the national organization reports it has donated 750 tons of venison — the equivalent of six million meals — to soup kitchens and food pantries across the country.

        “I know a lot of people don't agree with hunting, but I think nobody agrees with people going hungry,” said Mr. Boyd, 29, of Lawrenceburg.

        He delivered last week the first donation of 60 pounds of venison to the North Dearborn Food Pantry.

        Residents who come to the pantry “will think they've died and gone to heaven,” said Ann Jeffries, who runs the mission out of her home.

        Through the program, people can donate part or all of a deer. The meatis high in protein and low in fat.The average deer can make 180 to 240 meals.

        Mr. Boyd hopes to expand the program throughout the Tristate. In Kentucky, there's a similar program started last year called Hunters for the Hungry. (www.ovsci.com/hfh.htm).

        For more information or to donate, contact the Lawrenceburg chapter of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry at 812-637-9789. Also: the national Web site, www.fhfh.org.
       

       



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