Hunting for the Homeless

17 11 2007


Shooting Deer for the Homeless
By ELISABETH SALEMME

I don’t know how to feel about this. I like helping the homeless, but hunting isn’t good. except they’re using the game they kill.
Hunters for the Hungry is a better name than Hunting for the Homeless, right?

“Hunting may seem a cruel and heartless activity to animal-rights activists and many Americans. But hunters are trying to show they can be compassionate people too. A growing number of American hunters are donating part of their bounty each year to people who need it most, the poor and the homeless, through nationwide campaigns like Hunters for the Hungry, which delivers game meat to local food banks and shelters. In Georgia, where the group was founded 15 years ago, more than 1,000 hunters delivered 5,000 pounds of meat in 2006, making 25,000 meals. Nationwide, the group is on track to deliver its one-millionth meal in December. “It’s really vital now because it’s the holiday season, and there’s more need during the fall and winter,” says Glenn Dowling, executive vice president of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. “Now is when this influx of high-quality protein needs to come into play in the food banks.”

Hunters for the Hungry and other programs like it operate in nearly every U.S. state; in the past year, total pounds of food donated increased 30%. Rick Wilson founded his Maryland-based ministry, Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH), 10 years ago while on a hunting trip in Virginia, soon after he witnessed a poverty-stricken woman collecting road-kill in the woods. After soliciting tens of thousands of dollars in donations, Wilson and volunteers began providing what Wilson calls “God-given resources” to the homeless. The organization has since branched out to 26 states, with more than 100 chapters. “We see ourselves not as a hunting organization, but as a feeding ministry,” says Wilson, who is now FHFH’s executive director…”

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