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for the

Hungry

Program connects passion of Georgia's hunters with service for the needy
By Johnathan McGinty

W

hile fall typically means football, bonfires
and festivals, the pandemic has changed
things this year.
One constant is the popularity of deer-hunting
season across the state. Avid hunters have the
opportunity to social-distance while doing what
they love.
And thanks to Hunters for the Hungry, a
program operated by the Georgia Wildlife
Federation (GWF), sportsmen and sportswomen
can put their passion for the outdoors to work in a
charitable sense.
Through the program, hunters take fielddressed deer to one of 19 partnering deer processors, where the meat will be processed and then
provided to an organization that feeds those in need.
The GWF then reimburses the processors at $1.50
per pound.
Deer meat, or venison, is a lean alternative to
ground beef. It is low in calories and fat but high in
protein, giving food banks a healthy option to offer.
In the 2019-20 season, the program provided
15,360 pounds of meat to food banks in Georgia,
yielding more than 61,000 meals for Georgians
in need.
" The main goal of the program is to feed the

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hungry and give sportsmen the opportunity to give
back to their community, " says Adam Schiavone,
director of Hunters for the Hungry.
Drew Copeland, owner of The Meat Shed, a
wild game processing facility in Eatonton, has been
involved with the program since 2014. Last year,
he processed more than 3,000 pounds of donated
venison that went to several organizations, including
Cafe Central, a free-meal kitchen in Milledgeville.
Cafe Central, which serves meals to roughly
450 guests each Tuesday, relies on The Meat Shed's
seasonal bounty to provide additional packages of
meat for visitors to take home.
" I probably [promote Hunters for the Hungry]
harder than most of the processors, and it holds a
really big spot in my heart, " Copeland says. " I work
hard for it ... There's a definite need to feed those
who are less fortunate, and you won't find a better
source of food than the white-tailed deer. "
" Support from the community for our hungerrelief programs is vital, " says Amy Breitmann,
executive director of the Golden Harvest Food Bank
in Augusta. " That can take many forms, and we
appreciate the venison donation so much,
especially its timing. It generally arrives right after
the holiday season, when our community partners

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