NH Food Bank Looking for Game Meat Donations

By Kristin Frechette | kfrechette@nexstar.tv

Published 08/29 2016 01:22PM

Updated 08/29 2016 01:22PM

A New Hampshire food bank is collecting game meat from hunters to help feed those who need it. 

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says this fall New Hampshire Food Bank is doing the “Hunt for the Hungry program” The program gives game meat to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, group and homeless centers.

 "We are counting on continued strong support from hunters this year," said Bruce Wilson, Director of Operations for the New Hampshire Food Bank. 

"Donations for protein foods fill a big need with the Hunt for the Hungry program. Venison is especially popular, a real treat for clients. Last year, we got some moose meat, and as soon as it came in, out it went!  As always, we want to thank New Hampshire hunters and Lemay's for their continued support. We couldn’t do what we do without their combined support," added Wilson. 

Hunters who wish to donate can contact the New Hampshire Food Bank to get instructions on how to package the meat. The food bank can accept deer or moose meat, they cannot accept wild game fowl or bear meat. 

For those who want to donate a whole deer or moose, you can bring it to Lemay & Sons Beef in Goffstown and they will process meat for no charge.  

"The Hunt for the Hungry program is a great way for hunters to share their harvest and help needy families get through the winter," said Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  "Wild game is a local renewable resource that is high in protein, low in fat and all natural -- not to mention delicious."

Officials say in 2015 the “Hunt for the Hungry program” took in around 2,100 pounds of donated deer, moose and other game meat.

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