November 21, 2018
By Tamas Mondovics
Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program has begun. More than 80 processors throughout the state are now accepting donations of whole deer to help feed local families in need.In Johnson County, that includes Real Life Taxidermy & Game Processing. Contact information and a full list of processors is available at tnwf.org/processors.
According to TWF officials, one deer can provide nearly 200 meals. Through the generosity of hunters in the past two decades, Hunters for the Hungry has provided more than 6.5 million meals worth of healthy, much-needed protein to the hungriest Tennesseans. Officials said that as a thank you for those years of support, hunters will be entered in a drawing for each whole deer they donate to win one of four made-in-Tennessee muzzleloaders by Knight Rifles.
“This is a really exciting year,” said Matt Simcox, Hunters for the Hungry manager. “Even with the tough season for hunters last year, we still saw incredible giving. This program works because of Tennessee’s volunteer spirit in our hunters and processors. Without them, there would be fewer full bellies this time of year.”
When hunters harvest a deer, they can donate it—in part or whole—to the program at a participating processor. The deer is processed, and the venison is delivered to local hunger relief organizations where it gets in the hands of hungry children and families.
“Hunters for the Hungry is thankful for contributions by many companies,” said Simcox.
For more information about Hunters for the Hungry or to purchase a Deer Coin, visit tnwf.org/HuntersForTheHungry.