Indiana –Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has received a $1,500 grant from NRA Hunters for the Hungry to support its “Meat” the Need initiative.
According to Feeding America, approximately 834,500 Indiana residents regularly struggle with food insecurity – 240,000 of which are children. Deb Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, said that the funds received will be used to pay processing fees on donated livestock and deer, with the meat being given to agencies serving food-insecure residents within Indiana.
“More than ever, families are struggling to buy groceries. 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.” said Amber Zecca, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “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 donors.”
“The NRA Hunters for the Hungry’s contribution will allow us to continue and expand on our mission of hunger relief by providing 5,000 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, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.
Hunters for the Hungry is an initiative supported by the National Rifle Association to give back to communities by supplying thousands of meals to the needy throughout the country. The NRA works closely with state programs/affiliates to put interested individuals in touch with programs in their area and foster public awareness through education, fundraising, and publicity. Since the program’s inception, Hunters for the Hungry has brought hundreds of thousands of pounds of venison to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food banks across the United States.