Hunters for the Hungry was formed to connect food banks and soup kitchens to caring hunters from across the state. Since its establishment in 1998, Hunters for the Hungry has harvested and donated more than 1.3 million pounds of venison—more than 5 million meals worth of food.
(Stay tuned, 2016-2017 numbers are coming in and we should have a new tally soon!)
This year, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation team sought to extend access hungry people—particularly children—have to this healthful, lean, and organic source of protein. Through a generous gift and the help of hundreds of hunters, we introduced Snack Sticks.
Cooked, sealed, freezable, and ready-to-eat, Snack Sticks are the perfect solution for after school programs and community centers in areas with immediate hunger needs. The high-protein, filling snack is a welcomed addition to other foods that are more widely accessible to nutrition assistance programs.
In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Wildlife Federation distributed more than 5,000 packages of Snack Sticks. Recently, Hunters for the Hungry Manager, Matt Simcox, helped distribute Snack Sticks to the kids of McMurray Middle School. They were a hit!