Hunters Encouraged to Donate During Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry Week
Gifts of Deer or Dollars Help Feed Low-Income Kentuckians
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2019) — Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is urging Kentucky sportsmen and women to consider donating during Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry Week Nov. 10-16.
“Hunting is a time-honored Kentucky tradition that brings families and friends together in Kentucky’s breathtaking natural beauty,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Hunters can make this special time of year even better by donating a deer or funds to provide much-needed protein to their less-fortunate neighbors.”
Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry (KHFH) is a statewide hunger relief program dedicated to providing a healthy source of protein to needy Kentuckians. KHFH’s mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Kentucky by processing and distributing donated venison to those in need, to provide an outlet for hunters to help their communities, and to promote environmental stewardship through wildlife management.
KHFH administers the “Kentucky Whitetail Access” program, established in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Kentucky Whitetail Access matches hunters with landowners - most often farmers - who are in need of deer population control on their property. KHFH receives the deer taken under the program, and processing is covered by Kentucky Farm Bureau and its participating partners.
Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry was founded in 2000. In recent years, the average annual donated harvest has risen to 60,000 to 70,000 pounds of processed venison, an amount that translates into 560,000 meals.
Learn more about Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry by visiting kyhuntersforthehungry.info.