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(Columbia City, Indiana) –Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has received a $750 donation from Operation Round
Up through the Northeastern REMC to support its “Meat” the Need initiative to pay meat processing fees on donated livestock and deer.
Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, said that the funds received will be
used to pay processing fees on over 500 pounds of donated livestock and deer, with the meat being given
to agencies serving food-insecure residents within the six counties served by the Northeastern REMC.
“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.” 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 Northeastern REMC’s Operation Round Up initiative will allow us to
continue and expand on our mission of hunger relief by providing over 2,000 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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