I reckon most of today’s news coverage, commentary and bloggery will concern the election. Since all you True Believers will face an embarrassment of riches on election news, I figure I’ll bring you something different; namely, Georgia deer hunters feeding hungry folks. Excerpt:
One in seven Georgians struggles with hunger, according to Feeding America. More than 500,000 of them are children.
Food banks supply Georgia’s 1.6 million hungry residents with canned goods, dried grains and other pantry staples, but they rarely offer high-protein options, like meat.
Georgia Hunters for the Hungry aims to bridge that gap.
Venison is an ideal option to nourish the food insecure, because it’s high in protein and low in fat, Stowe said.
“We have the food banks calling us wanting more, wanting more every year,” he said.
Stowe coordinates with about 20 meat processors throughout the state who accept donations on behalf of the organization. He’s spent years recruiting more hunters and meat processors to help to fill Georgia’s ever-growing need for protein.
Resources are limited, though.
The Georgia Wildlife Federation reimburses processors $1.50 for each pound of meat they butcher. Once the meat is ground up and packaged, it’s delivered to the Georgia Food Bank Association, which distributes the venison to communities across the state.
Incidentally, you can read about my 2018 deer hunt here (my family and I eating all of our venison, though.)
It’s important to note that hunters donating game meat to food banks and homeless shelters isn’t a new thing. None other than Ted Nugent pioneered the practice and helped set up some of the first programs.
And, yes, this is precisely how charity should be done. Voluntarily, locally, no Imperial interference, much more efficient, much closer to the people in need. It would be manifestly A Good Thing if more charity programs were similarly designed and carried out.