Indiana hunters helping the hungry through nonprofit
HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is a combined effort through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and other organizations to make sure the hungry have access to well balanced meals.
Organizers say one full size deer can feed up to two families.
It's a busy time of year at Wiseman's Deer Processing in Harrison County, Indiana.
Bradley Wiseman is accepting donations in the form of deer meat as part of the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program.
"It's a good thing for people who can't afford meat," said Wiseman.
The nonprofit is only about 5 years old.
Indiana Conservation Officer Jim Schreck says it aims to provide nutritious protein to food banks, one pound at a time.
"We have lofty goals. We're hoping to feed upwards of 600,000 meals provided to needy families throughout the state," said Schreck.
Schreck says many people aren't aware the program even exists.
"We're trying to get the word out to let folks know. Our hunters every year harvest a lot of deer especially in this part of the state so we want to let the hunters know that they can also do their part to help Indiana's hungry," Schreck told WDRB.
There are no charges or fees to the donor; they just take the livestock or wild game to one of the participating inspected butchers.
The butcher will cut and package the meat into family size packages for distribution.
"They always keep their trophy but give up their meat so it's a win/win situation," explained Wiseman.
The meat is then picked up and distributed to food banks.
Angela Ford oversees the food bank at Hope Southern Indiana in New Albany.
They serve nearly 30 families a day.
She says protein is one of their most important donations.
"It's very important you have your daily intake of proteins, grains, starches, fruits vegetables and dairy," said Ford.
They often get peanut butter and dried beans but fresh meat, she says, is hard to come by.
And an average size deer provides about 80 pounds of meat.
"Venison, wild deer is an excellent lean source of protein," said Schreck.
"That would be a tremendous benefit," added Ford.
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