This year, the Texas Hunters for the Hungry program provided 153,082 pounds of venison to nearly 100 organizations that serve low-income people across Texas.
That is more than 600,000 servings of lean protein in the diets of those who may not have had a meal. The program, administered by the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies, Inc, has exceeded 9 million servings of venison over the last two decades.
Hunters for the Hungry is thankful for the hunters and participating meat processors for helping alleviate hunger in their local communities. For most food pantries and the families they serve, meat items are hard to come by and relatively expensive. Because venison donations are distributed free of charge, it helps stretch both the food assistance organization’s and the family’s budgets by not having to buy meat.
“Our client families often have to choose between basic food items and buying meds or paying for housing and utilities,” said the Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries in Boerne. “Meat is a luxury, but the venison donated through your program has made a difference in providing protein and nutrients they would not have.”
As another hunting season approaches, Hunters for the Hungry encourages hunters and meat processors to participate. Hunters take their harvested deer to a participating meat processor, pay a nominal fee to cover basic processing costs, and the meat processor does the rest.