Bob Harris - OUTDOORS and FREE - October 14, 2011
- New Hampshire Hunters Can Help the Hungry -
The fall hunting season is underway and many of New Hampshire’s hunters are involved in more than just hunting. They show their concern and care about those who are in need for food. One important project that hunters can and do share in, is that of helping the New Hampshire Food Bank through the “Hunt For the Hungry” program. Based in Manchester, the New Hampshire Food Bank collects donations of whole and/or processed game animals and birds for distribution to more than 350 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes throughout the state.
Hunters can help the less fortunate by donating all or part of their fall game kill to the New Hampshire Food Bank. The Food Bank is hoping that there will be a greater number of hunters this year who are willing to help out by donating some game. The Food Bank’s inventory is at a low level with food coming in at a very slow pace. Holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, are fast approaching and their need for donations is high.
Michele Garron, Operations Manager, says that the program offers packaging instructions to donors. “We can also arrange to pick up your meat donations. If you are donating a whole deer or moose, you can bring it to Lemay & Sons Beef, at 116 Daniel Plummer Road, Goffstown, N.H. 03045 or call them at: (603) 622-0022. Just let them know that you are donating the animal to the New Hampshire Food Bank at 62 West Brook Street, Manchester, N.H. 03101. They will process and package the deer, moose or bear for the Food Bank at no charge.”
Although the Food Bank will pick up donated game, should you care to personally deliver it, you can call ahead and let them know you are coming with a donation of game meat or just drop by during their regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Should you need to come by after hours or during the weekend, you can call them at (603) 669-9725 to make arrangements.
Hunters may also have their game processed by their own butchers if they would like to donate a portion of their meat, rather than the whole animal. Michelle advises that packages be clearly marked as to the type of game and the cut/s of meat enclosed. For example, deer (venison roast), moose (stew meat), or pheasant (breast meat), etc. Game should be wrapped in clear plastic wrap or butcher paper. They will accept game that is fresh or frozen. However, the Food Bank prefers to receive it frozen in order to guarantee freshness and quality.
Although the Food Bank accepts a wide variety of game meats (deer, bear, moose, gray squirrel, rabbit, woodchucks, upland game birds and waterfowl species) there are two exceptions. Bear must be already be processed and fowl of all types must be processed or breasted out because the meat is not handled by the Food Bank butcher.
Hunt For the Hungry program is a great way for hunters to share their kill and help needy families get through the winter months ahead. Wild game is a renewable resource that is high in protein, low in fat and 100 percent organic, not to mention very delicious. For more information about the New Hampshire Food Bank, readers can visit their website at: www.nhfoodbank.org. Have a great hunting season.
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