Kentucky Hunters For The Hungry
NEWS RELEASE


Kentucky Hunters For the Hungry Helps the Needy



Frankfort, KY, October 19, 2000 -- There is a new program to help
the needy in Kentucky and it needs your help. Hunters are urged donate an
extra doe this year to Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry.
What is Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry ? Kentucky Hunters for the
Hungry, Inc. (KHFH) is a benevolent non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization
which helps distribute donated venison from hunters to the poor and needy
people of Kentucky. In addition to providing an excellent source of
protein to those in need, hunters who participate in the program also
serve in the management of Kentucky's deer herd.
How does KHFH's program work? Every deer donated to Kentucky Hunters for
the Hungry goes through a state or USDA-licensed meat processor for
processing. Several Kentucky processors have graciously agreed to process
venison for KHFH at a reduced fee of $30 per deer, which is half the cost
of their regular fee. Once a deer is donated, the meat is deboned, ground
into hamburger, packaged and frozen. At the processors request, KHFH is
contacted and the meat is then picked up by Kentucky Harvest and other
food pantries and distributed to those in need throughout Kentucky
(shelters, missions, orphanages etc.).
How can you participate? First, contact KHFH or the Kentucky Department of
Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) via telephone or website and find an
"official" KHFH meat processor in your area. Second, telephone the
processor before donating your deer to insure that there is monetary
sponsorship for processing or that the processor is accepting donated
deer. If a processor is accepting donated deer, but there is no monetary
sponsorship, the hunter can pay the reduced processing fee.

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The reason KHFH is asking hunters to help pay for deer in 2000 is because
this is the first year for the program to go statewide, so processing
funds are limited. When a hunter pays for the processing of a deer, he or
she will receive a tax-deductible receipt. In addition, the hunter will
receive a KHFH 2000 donor patch or window decal.
The factor limiting the amount of venison KHFH receives to distribute is
donations for processing fees. One additional thing hunters should keep
in mind is the timing of when they donate a deer. Because processors
receive an excessive amount of deer during the modern gun season, hunters
are encouraged to bring deer to processors during bow seasons, youth and
muzzle-loading seasons. Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry does not exclude
the modern gun season, only emphasizes the alternate seasons.
Other ways to help? Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry also requests that
sportsman's groups, civic groups, corporations or even individuals across
the state to please help this year by making donations to help process
deer. It is especially important to have a successful year during the
first year of the program. One deer produces an average of 45 pounds of
meat, which will supply 180 - 200 meals for children, the elderly and
other needy people in the Commonwealth.
Sponsorship by sportsmen clubs and civic groups of $300 or more are
especially appreciated. Supporters of KHFH are Safari Club International,
The National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation,
Kentucky Harvest, The League of Kentucky Sportsmen and the Kentucky
Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources.
How do you contact KHFH or make a contribution? Kentucky Hunters for the
Hungry can be contacted and donations can be made at the following
address: Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry, 620-H Eastern Bypass PMB-311, Richmond, KY 40475-2667; phone 859/626-5400; Fax: 859/626-8255, or on the web at www.huntersforhungry.org or for more information, call the KDFWR at (800) 858-1549 weekdays, or see online at www.kdfwr.state.ky.us/khfh.






This Program is sponsored bySafari Club International,The National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation,Kentucky Harvest, The League of Kentucky Sportsmen and the Kentucky
Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources.

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