Hunting season brings opportunity to fight hunger in Texas
POSTED: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 10:09pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 10:10pm
Tyler, TX - November 6 marks the beginning of the general hunting season, and "Hunters for the Hungry" is working with Lynch's Food Store (3400 East 5th St. in Tyler) to accept hunters' venison donations for Texans in need. "Hunters for the Hungry" allows hunters to give back to their community and provide a nutritious source of protein to food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other food assistance providers.
The Salvation Army in Tyler is thankful to receive these donations and is in need of more food than ever as the cold weather months approach. We are serving over 900 meals a day at The Salvation Army Center of Hope, so donations like those from "Hunters for the Hungry" are indispensable and truly a God-send.
In Texas, 1 in 6 people struggle to afford food and our state has the second highest rate of food insecurity in the nation, according to the USDA. "Hunters for the Hungry" exists to combat hunger in Texas.
Hunters donate their deer to participating meat processors and pay a reduced processing fee, the processors distribute the meat to area food assistance providers, and those agencies serve it to people in need.
Last year in Smith County alone, hunters donated 1,200 pounds of venison through the program.
That equals 4,800 servings for people in need. Statewide, hunters donated 167,840 pounds through 97 participating meat processors.
Hunters who wish to be a part of the solution to hunger can learn more about the program by visiting the "Hunters for the Hungry" website at www.tacaa.org/hunters.htm or call (800) 992-9767, ext. 506. Contact Lynch's Food Store directly by calling (903) 593-1521.
"Hunters for the Hungry" is a program of the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies, Inc. (TACAA). For more information about TACAA, visit www.tacaa.org.