KENDALLVILLE — Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is planning a bow shoot to raise funds to pay processing fees on donated large game and livestock in Indiana.
Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry encourages the donation of large game and livestock to their “Meat” the Need program, raises financial support to pay processing fees on these donations, and gives this nutritious meat to hunger relief agencies within Indiana.
Hunters and farmers may donate at no cost to them (and farmers may write off fair market value on taxes) by taking large game or livestock to a participating meat processor in their area. The donation will be processed, packaged in 1 to 2 pound packages, and frozen or canned. Local hunger relief agencies will be contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community in which it was donated.
This year’s event will be held at the Cree Lake Conservation Club from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The cost to shoot is $20 per person (kids ages 10 and under are free). There will be a buffet-style breakfast that includes biscuits and gravy, eggs, pancakes, coffee, milk, juice and water. The cost for breakfast will be $8 per person (cost for kids ages 6 to 10 is $6, kids ages 5 and under are free).
The first 50 to register will receive a free bow shoot T-shirt. You do not have to participate in the bow shoot to come for the breakfast.
“Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry needs your help to make this event a success!” said Samantha Portner, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry’s event director.
Even as the economy is improving, many hardworking Hoosiers are still living paycheck to paycheck. Indiana residents who must regularly choose between paying bills and buying groceries continue to struggle to stay afloat but become even more in debt.
In Indiana, approximately 1 out of ever 4 households with children report an inability to afford enough food to feed their family. By assisting individuals and families that are struggling with this situation, the organization gives families the ability to avoid hunger and not have to choose between bills and groceries. This allows those aging and vulnerable populations to get back on track to hunger-free, independent living.
In the last six years, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has helped to distribute over 1,020,000 pounds of meat to Indiana food banks, providing approximately 4 million meals to Hoosiers in need.