Youth/School

Daniel Boone Student Initiates “Hunt for Hunger” to Help Feed Local Families

Do you love to hunt?  Would you like to help our local community?  If so, consider donating a deer to: Daniel Boone Elementary School’s “Hunt for Hunger” in cooperation with Share the Harvest / Operation Food Search.

“Hunt for Hunger” is the brainchild of David Neier, a fourth grade student at Daniel Boone School in New Melle who likes to deer hunt. After church one recent Sunday, David and his grandparents were discussing a backpack ministry at their church in which food is sent home with children from area schools who might otherwise not have food to eat over the weekend. After pondering that, David told his grandparents that if he got a deer this year, he would like to donate it to families at his school who don’t have enough to eat. He asked his Grandpa if he would donate his deer too. And then he asked if his grandpa would get some of his friends to do the same. His grandparents tried to explain that maybe not everyone would be able to do that, but David was undeterred, “We could call it ‘Hunt for Hunger,’” he said.

At that point, David’s grandmother, Cathy Neier, told him she would help him investigate further. They started with a discussion and presentation to Daniel Boone Principal, Kevin Armour, which led to a trip to Dan’s County Meats in New Melle, which led to a contact for the “Share the Harvest” program. Cathy also contacted Pastor Ron Boyer at New Melle Baptist Church, who explained that the New Melle Baptist Church helped support and distribute items from the Westplex Food Pantry in Foristell, and they could really use the meat.

As a result of David’s idea and Cathy’s perseverance, hunters will now be able to donate a deer that will be processed and delivered to our local families...at no charge to the hunter! Simply bring your field dressed deer to Dan’s Country Meats, 3622 Mill St. New Melle, MO, 636-828-5266. Let the folks at Dan’s know you are donating it to the “Share the Harvest / Daniel Boone Elementary School’s Hunt for Hunger” program. There will be no charge to the hunter for processing the deer.

The Westplex Food Pantry in Foristell, which had previously not benefited from Share the Harvest, will be a recipient this year, as well as the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in New Melle. Share the Harvest allocates donations to pantries according to the number of families served.

To help get the word out about “Hunt for Hunger”, 9 year old David and a friend, Caleb, spent a recent day off school visiting businesses in New Melle and asking them to put up flyers about the program. Cathy said the business people they met were all so kind and supportive, it was a wonderful and inspiring experience for the two boys. “Thank you!” she said. We live in such a generous community.” For more information, contact Cathy Neier at 636-299-3291.

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