Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
National Deer Alliance to Promote the Value of “Hunters Feeding the Hungry” Programs
We’ve said it before and it’s worth repeating … venison for the hungry programs like Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry provide tremendous value for the hungry of our nation, hunters, and the hunting industry.
This was affirmed at the North American Deer Summit in Louisville, KY in May of 2015. At the Summit, FHFH proposed that “promoting the value and importance of hunters feeding the hungry programs” be adopted as an action item for the newly formed National Deer Alliance (www.nationaldeeralliance.com
). This action item was approved and will be part of the work undertaken by the NDA as they “seek to ensure the future of North America’s wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting heritage.”
While attending the event, it became apparent that FHFH has an opportunity to play a major role in expanding and promoting the general “hunters feeding the hungry” movement across the nation. To this end, we have begun to rekindle and strengthen our connections with other existing venison donation programs. We can represent them along with FHFH as we attend national events and interface with hunters, wildlife agencies, the media, feeding organizations, and conservation groups like the NDA.
Together we can lift up the positive image of hunters as both conservationists and humanitarians. And we can give people a new reason to try hunting for the first time – the opportunity to help provide tens of thousands of pounds of nutritious meat from harvested game to the hungry and needy people across America!
Sister Program Spotlight: Hunters for the Hungry
Hunters for the Hungry is a 501 (c) (3) charity and is operational in the Commonwealth of Virginia under the incorporated name of “Virginia Hunters Who Care.” Their mission is to provide donated venison to people in need. They have provided over 22.2 million quarter pound servings of lean meat since their program began in 1991. And it all began because of a very special person who learned of a venison distribution program operating in Texas and had the foresight to believe that they could do the same thing in Virginia.
During the summer of 1991, David Horne held a meeting to determine the feasibility of the hunters for the hungry concept in Virginia. The outcome of this meeting indicated that venison could be donated, processed, and distributed while complying with all laws and codes applicable in Virginia.
It was decided that the program should be administered by a
certified 501(C)(3) organization and that to function best, funds should be raised to cover the costs of having professional meat processors (butchers) accept, cut, wrap, and freeze the deer donated by hunters in Virginia. Distribution would be handled through food banks and other charities.
During the first year, 33,000 pounds of venison were donated, processed, and distributed. The program expanded, and in its second year 68,000 pounds of meat were provided. It became clear that the potential of the program was quite large and the decision was made in January of 1993 to form a separate nonprofit corporation to administer and operate the program. This was accomplished and Virginia Hunters Who Care, Inc. was established and continues to oversee this feeding program. To learn more about Hunters for the Hungry visit www.h4hungry.org
David Horne, Founder Hunters for the Hungry July 19, 1952 – Feb. 14, 2002
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