NH Food Bank seeks game animal donations from hunters

CONCORD – New Hampshire hunters can share their fall harvest with the needy through the Hunt for the Hungry program at the New Hampshire Food Bank.

Once again this fall, the food bank is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes statewide.

Last year, the program took in 1,200 pounds of donated deer, bear, moose and other game meat for distribution to the needy.

To donate game and for packaging instructions, call 669-9725, ext. 245. If you are donating a whole deer, you can bring it to Lemay & Sons Beef in Goffstown (622-0022), and it will process it for the food bank at no charge.

The New Hampshire Food Bank isn’t equipped to accept donations of wild game birds, such as turkey or grouse.

“We are counting on continued strong support from hunters this year,” said Bruce Wilson, director of operations for the New Hampshire Food Bank. “Donations of protein foods fill a big need for the Hunt for the Hungry program.

“Venison is especially popular, a real treat for clients. Last year, we got some moose meat, and as soon as it came in, out it went.

“As always, we want to thank New Hampshire hunters and Lemay’s for their continued support.”

“The Hunt for the Hungry program is a great way for hunters to share their harvest and help needy families get through the winter,” said Glenn Normandeau, executive director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. “Wild game is a local renewable resource that is high in protein, low in fat and all natural – not to mention delicious.”

For more information about donating to the New Hampshire Food Bank, visit www.nhfood

New Horizons also accepts game donations to help feed the hungry in Manchester. For more information, call 628-6133, ext. 114.

For information about hunting in New Hampshire or to buy a hunting license, visit www.huntnh.com.