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NRA Members Can Give Thanks
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This year it may be important for hunters to plan ahead.

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he last two months of the year
represent a traditional time for all
Americans to reflect on the blessings in
their lives, even amid a pandemic. During this
time, many of us give thanks for all we have
received. NRA members who hunt certainly
reflect on their blessings every time they bag
game. American hunters are thankful for the
bounty. In such moments, they become even
more acutely aware of how much they have
received, leading to a question many hunters
ask themselves today: Does my family need
this meat? Can someone else benefit from this
healthy, organic protein more than me? If the
answer to question two is "yes," hunters may
donate their game to Hunters for the Hungry.
Through the program, more than 2.1 million
pounds of meat donated by hunters every
year produces 8.1 million meals annually.
That's a lot of giving-and it's a lot to be
thankful for regardless of in which end of the
line you may find yourself standing.
Hunters for the Hungry is an initiative
supported by the National Rifle Association
to give back to communities by supplying
healthy, organic game meat across the country.
This is possible because the NRA works closely
with state programs/affiliates to connect
interested individuals with programs in their
area and to foster awareness of this activity
through education, fundraising and publicity.
NRA Hunters for the Hungry plays a key role in
this nationwide charitable effort by maintaining
a state-by-state database of processors and
supporting groups at hfth.nra.org, where an
easy-to-use website guides hunters to donate
healthy venison.
Virginia, Missouri, Iowa, Pennsylvania
and Ohio are the states where deer hunters
are known to give the most on average. But
you don't have to live in or hunt in any of
those states to donate game meat. Across
the nation, American hunters' generosity
regularly goes to homeless shelters, soup
kitchens and food banks. Visit hfth.nra.org to
learn how you can donate venison to families
and individuals in need.
While we discuss this topic, it's important
to note that this year it is more important
than ever to plan ahead if you use commercial
processors to render your game for the
freezer. The COVID-19 pandemic has created
a bottleneck at many commercial meat
processors, and this problem could affect
hunters who plan to donate venison.
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One NRA partner in this worthy cause,
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
(FHFH), a venison-donation ministry based in
Hagerstown, Md., is now advising would-be
donors to any hunters-for-the-hungry program
-along with those who opt to have their
own deer processed professionally-to avoid
frustrating surprises by checking with their local
butchers for any changes in their operations.
"The impact of COVID-19 on some of the
larger commercial processing plants across
the country has had a trickle-down impact on
many local butchers and meat markets," said
FHFH Executive Director Josh Wilson. "There
are some meat-processing locations that are
completely booked with livestock until well
into the new year-and, as a result, some
have opted to pause the deer-processing
portion of their business until they are caught
up. With more people than usual depending
on food-assistance programs and ministries
due to the pandemic, we are encouraging
all hunters to plan ahead and make sure
they can continue to donate their deer this
season." Since 1997, FHFH (fhfh.org) has
distributed nearly 21 million servings of
nutritious food.
While the situation is not expected to
impact all areas, hunters
who learn their local butcher
may no longer handle deer
this season should consult
hfth.nra.org to search
for an alternate donation
location in their area.

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