Community Interest

Hunt for Hunger – Calling All Hunters

Submitted by Cathy and David Neier

As the leaves change and the temperature begins to drop, hunters, including David Neier, begin to get excited because they know hunting season is right around the corner. *At 9, David was inspired by the backpack program at his church’s Sunday School. He was made aware that many children in his community sometimes went to bed hungry. David knew he wanted to help.
An avid hunter, he donated his very first deer that fall. He also encouraged his friends, family and surrounding community to donate their deer as well. That first year, Hunt for Hunger delivered 1,500 pounds of venison to local food pantries.

David is now a high school freshman and in his 6th year of promoting Hunt for Hunger / Share the Harvest. Karen Gladieux with Operation Food Search commented, “David’s Hunt for Hunger campaign has increased awareness of the Share the Harvest Program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Operation Food Search. Hunt for Hunger delivered over 30,000 pounds of venison to area food pantries in the past five years. These pantries assist more than 11,000 individuals each month facing food insecurities; over a third of those served are children.

Having high-quality protein to serve families has been a huge blessing. David is passionate about hunting, but has an even bigger heart for families needing a little help putting food on the table.”

Hunt for Hunger needs your help this year more than ever due to the increased cost of food and essential items. The food pantries are seeing more activity than in recent memory; one local pantry commented that they are seeing an average of 4-5 new families each week, many of whom have never gone to a pantry for help. FOOD INSECURITY IS REAL.

If you are a hunter, please consider donating your field-dressed deer to Josephville Meat Market, 1363 Josephville Road, Wentzville, MO 636-327-5455. Simply let the processor know you are donating it to the “Hunt for Hunger/Share the Harvest” program. There is no charge for processing the deer. Or check with your local processor and ask if they are participating in the program.

If you have questions, contact David or Cathy Neier at 636-299-3291, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Facebook @stcharleshuntforhunger.

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