Monday, September 27, 2010

Georgia Hunters Help Fight Hunger

Since 1993, hunters have been bringing meat to the tables of those in need through the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program. This successful program celebrated serving its one-millionth meal in 2007 and continues to provide opportunities during hunting season for hunters to share their harvest with those in need. Currently, hunters can donate deer at fifteen participating processors through Jan. 15.

“The Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program is one opportunity for hunters to demonstrate their generosity by sharing their harvest with those in need,” said John W. Bowers, Wildlife Resources Division assistant chief of Game Management. “The Division is proud to be a cooperator in this public-private partnership and to work with the many partners who make it possible each year.”

Wildlife Resources, along with the Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Wildlife Federation and the Georgia State Association of Food Banks sponsor the program.

Thanks to these partners, and to the efforts of Georgia hunters and participating meat processors, nearly 30,400 pounds of venison were collected, processed and distributed to food banks across the statein 2009. This meat provided approximately 152,000 meals for needy Georgians.  Since the program’s inception in 1993, more than 288,282 pounds of venison have been donated.

Hunters interested in participating in the GHFTH program can bring field-dressed deer to any designated drop-off location. All hunters who donate a deer during this collection period will be entered into a drawing for a deer rifle, sponsored by the Georgia Wildlife Federation.  

The GHFTH program has extended donation opportunities to include the “Drop Back a Pack” program. This opportunity allows hunters to donate some of their processed venison when they visit the processor to pick up their meat. All participating GHFTH program processors will have a freezer indicating where hunters can “Drop Back a Pack” for the program.

The following fifteen processor locations will accept deer or commercially processed venison from Sept. 11, 2010 – Jan. 15, 2011 during business hours:

Axson – Lee’s Meat Processing, (912) 422-3079
Baldwin – JJ’s Deer Processing, (706) 776-2819
Canton – Mitch’s Archery and Deer Cooler, (770) 479-7004
Columbus – Daffin Meat Processing, (706) 322-8848
Dawson – Mossy Creek Outdoors, (229) 995-4109
Eastman – Barlow’s Deer Processing, (478) 374-5614
Fairmount – Pine Log Processing, LLC, (770) 382-6328
Irwinton – Starley’s Deer Processing, (478) 946-8976
Jefferson – Sealey’s Deer Cooler, (706) 335-9304
Leesburg – Country Jacks, (229) 883-6017
Milledgeville – Wright’s Deer and Wild Hog Processing, (478) 452-4228
Naylor – K&K Deer and Wild Hog Processing, (229) 269-5557
Sparta – Garner’s Grinder, (706) 444-9228
Stephens – Fire Tower #2 Meat Processing, (706) 743-3766
Vidalia – Stewart’s Quality Meat, Inc. (912) 537-9888

The following locations will be available between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Nov. 20-21, 2010:

Newnan – Royal Baptist Church, Hwy. 34 Bypass N to Royal Mayo Rd.
Rockmart – Lamar’s Sports Center, 392 Atlanta Hwy.
Rome – Lavender Mountain Hardware, 4065 Martha Berry Hwy., NW

For more information on donating food to those in need during other times of the year, call the Atlanta Community Food Bank at (404) 892-FEED. For more information on the GHFTH program, visit , , contact a WRD Game Management office or call (770) 761-3045.

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