Wanted: Hunters to help hungry Hoosiers
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry reminds hunters and landowners about its deer donation program. After filling their freezers, hunters are asked to help feed those in need in their area by donating to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry’s “Meat” the Need initiative.
This can be done by taking their deer to their local meat processor/butcher shop and telling them they want to donate it to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. There is no charge to do this.
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry partners with 82 meat processors statewide and encourages the donation of large game and livestock to the program, raises financial support to pay processing fees on these donations and gives this meat to local hunger relief agencies.
According to the latest Feeding America Map the Meal Gap report, Indiana has 887,070 people struggling with hunger, 273,380 of which are children, and a third of Indiana residents who are food insecure still don’t qualify for assistance.
Protein is an important component of every cell in the body and one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development in children. It is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain. Those affected by food insecurity are often at high risk for obesity and diet-related diseases due to the lack of quality in the foods that they can afford. Food insecurity can lead to loss of muscle mass and bone frailty, decreased immune system, babies with lower birth weights and damage to a child’s ability to learn and grow, as the lack of healthy food results in people receiving fewer nutrients.
HFH’s goal is to provide this protein-packed meat to hunger-relief agencies within Indiana to assist those in need of additional food services.
For more information, visit www.hoosiersfeedingthehungry.org.