Indiana FHFH was at the Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis February 25 – 28. They had a great time meeting people and sharing the mission of FHFH. Indiana FHFH held a drawing for a Ruger 7744 (44 cal) rifle. Literature about FHFH and FHFH logo merchandise were available at the booth. Joining FHFH at the expo was Steve Stuart of WFMS radio.
A deer management program in the Metroparks of the Toledo area resulted in 6,740 pounds of venison being donated to local homeless shelters and community kitchens in Ohio. The donated venison yielded approximately 26,960 servings of meat for the hungry!
The month-long kill was part of the Metroparks’ deer-management program that began three years ago to control the white-tailed deer population on its properties and reduce damage a burgeoning herd does to the habitat.
The deer were taken to three U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved processors and the venison was donated to local homeless shelters and community kitchens.
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry paid $11,640 of the $17,880 venison processing costs charged to the Metroparks.
You can read the complete article here.
Earlier this month Central Indiana FHFH coordinators John and Beth Mollet were featured in a radio interview on 95.5 WFMS. You can listen below...
by Rick Wilson
Recently I was blessed to read a wonderful news article. It was about a young boy name Lance who shot his first deer this past hunting season while hunting with his father. I was thrilled to see that the excitement of taking one's first deer remains at the “top of the charts” for a young boy or girl! But getting the deer was only the first part of the story. Next came the opportunity to share his accomplishment at school. Facing some social struggles to "fit in", Lance's deer story opened doors to connect with his teacher and classmates in a new way. But the writer saved the best for last...Lance donated his first deer to feed the hungry through FHFH.
You can enjoy Lance’s full story by CLICKING HERE.
Reading about Lance reminded me of my first deer back in November of 1961. Shortly after daylight that morning I spotted a lone deer working its way into a grassy opening on the side of the mountain. When he stopped about 30 yards away I eased my rifle up, looked through the peep sight took aim at an 84 pound spike buck. Dad heard the shot from my World War II era British .303 - purchased using $15 I had won in a local art contest - and walked 40 yards down the mountain from his stand. The buck had dropped in his tracks. Like Lance's father Dean, my dad who was my best hunting buddy felt the joy and excitement of helping his son take his first deer.
That first deer at the age of 15 changed my life. Like Lance and many kids growing up I faced some difficulty fitting in socially with my peers. Having little interest in team sports, my days were spent enjoying the fields, mountains, and competing in archery tournaments. After four long years of praying to take a deer, God finally answered. I knew then that deer hunting would play an important role in my life.
While taking your first deer is exciting, I now know something else that Lance has also learned...nothing can equal giving it away to some unknown hungry folks who need it more than we do. Lance and many other young people across America are demonstrating their love for God and their fellow man by giving their first deer to feed those in need. And we couldn't be happier for them!
“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 NKJV
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We welcome Zac Crymes to FHFH as our new Northeast Louisiana chapter coordinator!
Inspired by a passion for the outdoors and compassion for the needy, Zac joins our other FHFH coordinators who are making a difference to the hungry in their communities.
You can find Zac and the rest of our local chapter coordinators by CLICKING HERE. We encourage you to reach out and support them!
FHFH will have booths with prize drawings, merchandise, and volunteers on hand to meet people and answer questions at these upcoming expos. If you are attending any of these expos, stop by the FHFH booth and say hello!
Indiana Deer and Turkey Expo
February 25 – 28
Josh and Gwen Wilson will be attending this year's Indiana expo.
Dixie Deer Classic
March 4 – 6
Matt Wilson will be attending this year's North Carolina expo.
Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo
March 11 – 13
Josh and Gwen Wilson will be attending this year's Ohio expo.
Statistics about the number of meals provided can tell part of our story. But the real proof that we are making a difference can be found in the lives of the people we impact. This includes people dealing with hunger as well as with those who labor to serve them.
Originally produced several year ago, this video segment about FHFH called "Hunting the Harvest" resurfaced recently. It tells the story of one of our coordinators - Dewey Thompson - who gives his time to help the hunters of his Ohio community feed their needy neighbors. Check it out to see how our PASSION for the hunt translates into COMPASSION for the hungry!