Our hunting season has arrived in Montana and hunters can help put food in the freezers of our local food pantries by participating in the Hunters Against Hunger program! The Center Square covered this program in an article on October 1, 2021. Continue reading for for highlights, or click here to read the whole article.
“Hunters in Montana supply 40,000 to 50,000 pounds of meat annually from the game they hunt – and donate cash – to help residents served by local food banks as part of the Hunters Against Hunger program.”
“Hunters can participate in two ways. On the application for a hunting tag, they can check a box to include a monetary donation to the program, or they can donate a legally harvested wild game animal to a participating processor who will process the animal into burger. That meat is frozen and then donated to a local food bank or food pantry in the community close to the processor.”
“The money hunters donate goes toward reimbursing processors for their work. The Montana Food Bank Network is allotted on average $80,000 to $100,000 each year from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to pay the processors up to $3 per pound for the finished product. Between 30 and 35 processors are signed on each year as a donation site. Hunters look up the closest processor on the Hunters Against Hunger website.”
“They bring their animal to the processor, who accepts it at no charge, processes it and holds it in their coolers until the local food bank picks it up.”
To find a list of participating processors click on the link https://mfbn.org/hunters-against-hunger/ You can help make a difference in your community today.