Hunters for the Hungry

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

Hunting season is underway in Texas and Oklahoma, with hunters trekking into the woods on the weekends, hoping for that prize buck. Many of them are hunting for more than sport; they're hunting to help feed the hungry.

At the Walterscheid Meat Company in Muenster, the freezers are packed.
Instead of going home with the hunters, some of this meat is going to food banks instead.

"They just tell us, ‘I really don't like the meat, can I donate it?’ Sure thing," says Henry Knabe with Walterscheid Meat Co.

The ‘Hunters for the Hungry’ program began nearly 20 years ago. It’s a statewide effort in both Texas and Oklahoma for people who may enjoy hunting, but do not like the meat or have too much of it.

For $25 they can donate it to a meat processor who grinds it then gives it to a food bank.
"Those are invaluable, especially this time of year," says Sue Stanfield, on staff with the Hands of Hope food bank in Durant.

They are giving out chickens with their Thanksgiving bundles this year, but also give the donated meat whenever they receive it.

"Even the price of groceries, they're probably up a third of what they were a few months ago. So even people on food stamps can't make it," she says.

The donations make it possible for families to get the nutrients they need puts lean meat slike venison on the table.

"Meat is invaluable, I mean other commodities are valuable too, but when you give them meat you feel like you've given them some protein, you've given them something that's very expensive at the store," she says.

The two pound bag could feed an entire family, depending on the number of people.

Walterscheid's donated about 2,000 lbs of meat last year and expect to donate even more this year.

Click on ‘related links’ for participating processors in Texas.

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  • by john Location: oklahoma on Nov 21, 2007 at 05:19 AM
    man i didnt think anyone wanted to have my dear i think i shot it about 6 times i just like to killem i dont even gut them nasty things i just like to hunt them down i spray the pee on mysely spend thousands of dollors on just my clothing yep i can wait to hunt on the net man i could hunt in my blind in the woods and also take my wifi and hunt on it to i would even run them over
  • by Merry Melodies Location: sherman on Nov 20, 2007 at 08:39 PM
    Why don't the ones that are going hungry go hunting or to work? Or am I being UN-politically correct? I just watched a real old cartoon called "Inki and the Mynah Bird" hunt a lion. But "THEY" (whoever THEY are) say that cartoon is racist, phooey!! Just my opinion!
  • by Hollie Location: Ardmore on Nov 20, 2007 at 06:39 PM
    Keep up the good work. Feed the hungry. :D I love that! Great job people! Thats what hunting is intended for.
  • by P. U. Nethgil Location: Sherman on Nov 20, 2007 at 11:57 AM
    Mom in OK- would you rather that wild game went to waste? As for your chicken analogy, could you not think of someone who might like to have chicken? Or anything else to eat, for that matter? I say two thumbs up to those hunters who share what they get in the wild.
  • by Andrea Location: denison on Nov 20, 2007 at 09:41 AM
    I think it is a great idea!! a lot of people hunt, for the idea of being outdoors and its a sport and also part of life's cycle. this is one way to feed the hungry.
  • by Hunter Location: Sherman on Nov 20, 2007 at 09:41 AM
    "Mom in Oklahoma" - your explaination makes no sense at all. The hunters that don't like the meat are giving it to the families that need it. What's wrong in doing that? Does helping the needy have restrictions to it now?
  • by Anonymous Location: Durant on Nov 20, 2007 at 09:39 AM
    These guys should be commended for what they are doing. So many people go hungry every year and it's especially hard during the holidays. A lot of people also just let meat sit in the freezer for months on end and giving it to people who really need to is great. People all over do things for fun and sport, at least this way there is a good cause for it.
  • by hunter Location: Oklahoma on Nov 20, 2007 at 08:29 AM
    for the thrill of the hunt is one reason for the big trophy deer is another and a lot like to idea of giving to others and this is the only way they can afford it. It is better than letting the meat go to waste in the freezer.
  • by Mom Location: Oklahoma on Nov 20, 2007 at 06:21 AM
    I think giving the meat to the poor is great, but why would someone want to go out and just shoot a deer even though they have no interest in the meat? That would be like me going out and chopping the head off a chicken and saying I just did it for fun-I don't eat chicken!
  • by quitta Location: fannin county on Nov 19, 2007 at 08:57 PM
    I wuold just like to say THANK YOU to the hunters who have gone out to the woods and hunted for the ones who can't and are giving the meat to the people who need it.My husband was a hunter and now can't hunt do to a car wreck 3 yrs ago and he misses it so.So i say go for it.
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