DNR awards grant to pay processing fees on donated deer
The Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division, has awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry a grant in the amount of $75,000 from its Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund.
According to Feeding America, approximately 883,260 Indiana residents regularly struggle with food insecurity, with 274,080 of them children.
Deb Treesh, executive director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, said the funds received will be used to pay processing fees on donated deer, with the meat being given to agencies serving food-insecure residents in Indiana.
“More than ever, families are struggling to buy groceries,” said Amber Zecca, fund development director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “Food banks, pantries and soup kitchens work to protect the most vulnerable and under-served in our communities and these agencies continue to face increased demand.”
To donate, farmers and hunters just need to take their livestock or deer to a local participating meat processor (call ahead to schedule livestock). After processing, local food banks and pantries are called to pick up the donation. There is absolutely no charge to donors.
“The DNR’s contribution will allow us to continue and expand on our mission of hunger relief by providing over 240,000 more meals through local hunger relief agencies,” said Treesh. “We are so grateful for the continued support of our efforts in responding to the needs of those in the community facing hunger.”
For more information, visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org or call 1-260-233-1444.