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(Princeton, Indiana) –Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has received a $5,000 grant from the Gibson County
Community Foundation to support its “Meat” the Need initiative within Gibson County.
Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, said that the funds received will be used to pay
processing fees on nearly 3,500 pounds of donated livestock and deer, with the meat being given to agencies
serving food-insecure residents within Gibson County, Indiana.
“Food banks, pantries and soup kitchens work to protect the most vulnerable and under-served in our
communities and these agencies continue to face increased demand due to the lasting effects of the 2020 pandemic
and continued rise in inflation.” Said Katie DeForest, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.
“Protein is one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development. Sadly, it is also the hardest
commodity for food banks to obtain, especially now with the rising cost of groceries.”
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry partners with various community members and organizations in order to get more
meat into hunger-relief agencies and into the hands of residents in need. Farmers, hunters, and 4-H members
donate deer and livestock to their “Meat” The Need program. Donations are processed at local participating meat
processors and the meat is distributed to hunger-relief agencies within the community it was donated in. Hoosiers
Feeding the Hungry pays 100% of the processing fees so there is no charge to donors or agencies receiving meat.
“The generous grant through the Gibson County Community Foundation will allow us to continue and expand on
our mission of hunger relief by providing over 13,000 more meals through local hunger relief agencies. We are so
grateful for the continued support of our efforts in responding to the needs of those in the community facing
hunger.” said Debra Treesh.
To donate, farmers and hunters just need to take their livestock or deer to a local participating meat processor (call
ahead to schedule livestock). After processing, local food banks and pantries are called to pick up the donation.
There is absolutely no charge to the livestock and deer donors. For a list of participating meat processors, visit

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