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by Tennessee Wildlife Federation | Apr 09, 2014

The state’s Senate Majority Leader, Mark Norris (R-Collierville), launched the Tennessee Nutrition Caucus earlier this month, bringing legislators and multiple organizations together to address the ever-growing issue of hunger relief.

On Tuesday, March 25, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF) was invited to participate alongside other groups engaged in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, including the Feeding America, Mid-South Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank, The Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the Tennessee Farm Bureau, and the YMCA.

“Our long-term goal is to provide an appropriate forum to find solutions to malnutrition – legislative, public, private and volunteer – and put them to work,” said Leader Norris at the press conference announcing the initiative. “Reducing unemployment through healthier lifestyles, eliminating food deserts, encouraging urban gardening, harvests for the hungry and community education events – these are just a few examples of what we can do together to make a meaningful difference in the lives of all Tennesseans.”

Norris was joined by Senators Steven Dickerson, M.D. (R-Nashville) and Delores Gresham (R-Somerville), as well as Representatives Curtis Halford (R-Dyer), Jason Powell (D-Nashville) and Joe Towns (D-Memphis), in making the announcement. TWF Chief Executive Officer Mike Butler shared highlights from the Hunters for the Hungry, which this year crossed the million-pound threshold of donated venison that is distributed to food banks and soup kitchens across the state.

“Hunger relief agencies struggle with finding consistent protein resources, and meat is very expensive,” Butler said. “Utilizing a healthy, plentiful, renewable natural resource in our state’s native whitetail deer, we have dedicated approximately four million meals to the fight against hunger, at no cost to the food banks or the end users. It’s a tremendous asset, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle. We are very pleased to be a part of the Nutrition Caucus and applaud Senator Norris’s leadership on the issue.”

3/25/2014 Senator Mark Norris launches Tennessee Nutrition Caucu

TWF CEO Mike Butler addresses the crowd at the press conference announcing the Tennessee Nutrition Caucus. Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (right) spearheaded the effort to bring groups together to address the ever-growing issue of hunger in our state.

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission recently passed a limited sandhill crane season.


Sen. Lamar Alexander, with support from TWF CEO Mike Butler, left, spoke at a spring 2013 press conference related to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to restrict tailwaters fishing in Tennessee.  The USACE legislation was rejected.


TWF is part of a Memorandum of Understanding initiated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency that is taking aggressive measures to stop the epidemic of feral hog population growth across Tennessee.


Legislation to support deer farming has recently reared its ugly head in Tennessee.

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