Donations sought for ‘Hunters against Hunger’

Anyone purchasing a Montana hunting license has an opportunity to also make an on-the-spot donation to Hunters Against Hunger, a program benefiting Montanans across the state.

“Montana law allows individuals to make a contribution that will help nonprofit groups process donated wild game for free distribution by Montana food banks to help feed people in need,” said Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Helena.

When one purchases or applies for a deer, elk, antelope, or bison license or permit the license provider will ask if he or she wishes to donate to Hunters Against Hunger, Aasheim said.

FWP will dispense the contributions to authorized nonprofit groups, like food banks, to help pay for butchering and distribution of processed game.

Hunters Against Hunger is a program started by legislation passed in the 2013 legislative session. The program allows hunters who legally harvest big game to donated the meat to local food banks. To donate meat, hunters can simply deliver the big game to a participating meat processor. Ground meat will then be distributed to Montanans through the Montana Food Bank Network.

The monetary donations are used to help cover meat processing and distribution costs for the program.

Last year in Montana hunters donated nearly 42,000 pounds of meat to Montana food banks. The counties that distributed the most meat were Gallatin, Cascade and Beaverhead.

The minimum donation is $1. Donations can also be made along with online hunting license purchases. Visit FWP on line at fwp.mt.gov. Click “Buy a License.”

The 2016 Hunters Against Hunger authorized meat processors are as follows:

• Beaverhead Meats, 620 North Montana Street, Dillon: 683-6586

• Budget Game, 4110 Thorpe Road, Belgrade: 388-4691

• Chladek’s Meats, 1008 Clark Street, Deer Lodge: 560-1819

• Clark Fork Custom Meats, 15 Molly’s Lane, Plains: 826-0169

• Deemo’s Meats, 106 North Main Street, Ennis: 682-7306

• Game on the Go, mobile processor, Great Falls: 799-1089

• H and H Meats, 1801 South Avenue West, Missoula: 549-1483

• Hamilton Pack, 692 U.S. 93, Hamilton: 961-3861

• Hart’s Custom Cutting, 5230 Hwy 287, Choteau: 467-2094

• L and S Meats, 24 Main Street, Dell: 276-3332

• Lolo Locker, 6220 Caras Lane, Lolo: 273-3876

• Matt’s Butcher Shop and Deli, 105 Rogers Lane, Livingston: 222-5160

• Pat’s Wild Game, 3605 Montana Hwy 200, Trout Creek: 827-1515

• Pierce Meat Cutting, 415 East Main, White Sulphur Springs: 547-3467

• Rawhide Meats, P.O. Box 451, White Sulphur Springs: 717-357-2914

• Timberland Taxidermy and Processing, 608 14th Street North, Great Falls: 452-8500

• Tizer Meats, 3558 Tizer Road, Helena: 442-3096

• Triple T Specialty Meats, 1401 North Merrill Ave, Glendive: 377-7039

• Yellowstone Meat Processing, 74 Chestnut, Bozeman: 587-9385 

Participation by meat processors and hunters is the key to success to feed hungry Montanans. FWP also would like to give a special thanks to our local partner agencies for their participation.

If you want to become more involved and would like more information about the Hunters Against Hunger program, contact Jeff Gutierrez at the Montana Food Bank Network, (406) 721-3825 ext 232.

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