Annual Hunt for Hunger program needs venison

ALICE ORTIZ/BUY AT PHOTOS.MONROECOUNTYJOURNAL.COMThe second-year marketing class at Amory High School recently designed an ad and flyer for the Amory Food Pantry's Hunt for Hunger campaign. The marketing students also volunteer at the food pantry as part of their community service hours to be eligible for the National Technical Honor Society. Chris Pace is the marketing instructor. Pictured, from left, Laneisha Cooke, Hayley Doler, Deandrea Satterwhite, Jaisia McIntosh and Lavadric Hogan.

For the Monroe Journal

AMORY – The time is finally here to join the fight against hunger! The Hunt for Hunger Program was created to help gather hunters to provide venison for the needy through the Amory Food Pantry.

This program was started 11 years ago by Martha Dalrymple and James Cummins. The first year began with only a few deer and one processor. The best season was in 2011 with 4,074 pounds of ground venison donated.

There are five processors with free processing vouchers: Becker Bottom Processing in Becker, Big C's Processing in Becker, Bucci's Processing in Greenwood Springs, Huppert Processing in Wren and Mobley's Processing in Aberdeen. Each processor asks that the hunter field dress his or her deer, or a $10 donation is requested to cover that cost.

It has been estimated that one deer will help feed approximately 60 people in a meal. This past year, the Amory Food Pantry fed almost 19,000 people and distributed 2,003 pounds of processed deer meat. The food pantry distributed 17 tons of groceries each month.

The goal this year is to accumulate more than 4,000 pounds of processed meat to assist in the fight against hunger in our local community. Help continue the 11th year of the “Hunt for Hunger” program today.

For more information, contact one of the five participating processors.

Amory High School ACTC Marketing Class of 2015.

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