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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Help local hungry by sharing the harvest this fall

By Scott Gordon
October 1, 2013 | 4:21 p.m. CDT

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri urges the deer hunters in your newspaper’s readership to “Share the Harvest” when they are successful this fall.

As providers of food to local food pantries in your area, The Food Bank recognizes Share the Harvest is truly “neighbors feeding neighbors.”

Archery, muzzleloader or firearms hunters can donate some or all of a deer to Share the Harvest by taking it to a participating processor or locker. All Share the Harvest venison stays in the community where it is donated. For participating processors in your area, see the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website, mdc.mo.gov.

Thanks to the Conservation Federation of Missouri and its partners, all or most of the fee is covered for processing the deer into 1-pound chubs of ground venison. Healthy red meat is a prime resource for feeding the hungry, and one that is always in short supply. Because it is low in fat and loaded with natural vitamins and minerals, venison is a fantastic addition to the diets of Missourians in need.

Last season, hunters in The Food Bank’s 32-county region donated more than 157,000 pounds of venison. Since local needs for emergency food have increased, let’s shoot for topping that figure this year.

We salute our responsible deer hunters and urge them to make a big difference in the lives of their neighbors this fall by bagging a deer (or more than one) for the Share the Harvest program.

Scott L. Gordon is communications coordinator for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.