map300 websterLIVERMORE, Ky. (1/16/20) — The McLean County chapter of the Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry program doubled the number of donations for their 2019 initiative, organizers reported. Local hunters donated more than 50 deer and an additional 65 deer were made available from the western part of the state.

The initiative is part of a consecutive increase in involvement and donations for the program since its inception in the McLean County community in 2015.

“This program is an important part of meeting the basic needs of our neighbors here in McLean County,” said Chad Hall, Independence Bank president. “Currently, approximately 10-12 percent of residents in our county receive some type of provision from God’s House of Hope, a local food pantry. Protein is not something that is easy to come by for organizations that seek to provide for those in need, so this program helps to get meat to people who need it.”

“We feed around 425 families a month at God’s House of Hope,” said William Carter. “Hunters for the Hungry has been a blessing for us. Their contribution is very important because protein is not donated as often as we would like, so what we get each year helps tremendously.”

In addition to God’s House of Hope, Hunters for the Hungry provided deer to New Life Church, The Help Office and Helping Hands Kitchen-Walnut Baptist Church in Owensboro, the organization reported. The hope for the program is that it can continue to provide meat to food pantries in the Owensboro area, in addition to helping those in McLean County.

Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry is a state-wide, hunger-relief program that is entirely volunteer ran and seeks to provide a healthy source of protein to those in need in the commonwealth. Their mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Kentucky by paying for the processing and distributing of donated venison each year.

The local chapter in McLean County was adopted in 2015 by the local bank and several community partners including McLean County Farm Bureau, McLean County Locker, Beef and Bacon, God’s House of Hope, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife and local hunters in the community.

Not only does Hunters for the Hungry assist in feeding those in need, it also helps to control the over-population of deer in communities like McLean County, eliminating issues with crop loss that farmers in the area experience.

For more information on Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry, visit kyhuntersforthehungry.info.

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