I want to thank you for helping our family with food provisions including deer meat. Being single and helping my sister raise her 6 children can be quite challenging. From a nutritional perspective, the deer meat provided protein without fat and added chemicals that donated processed meat contains. The deer meat provides the same flexibility in different meals that beef provides, only it is much healthier. Our family enjoyed the meat especially when we used it in chili. Each pack of meat fed 8 people with some left over to partially feed lunch meal the next day.
I also helped deliver food boxes that contained the deer meat to other homes in our school community. Many of these families had no transportation to come to the school to pick up the meals. A memory I will never forget was when we were knocking on a trailer door. It seemed no one would answer so we left it on the steps. It was cold and we weren’t worried about it spoiling. As we were stepping away, a little girl about 11 or 12 opened the door, saw the boxes and shouted excitedly into the trailer, “We’ve got food!”
Supporting the people who provide the deer meat is a much needed essential in our community. The deer is plentiful, and hunters who reach their limit often donate the deer knowing it can be used in local food banks. But there are no processing plants to turn the deer into food for the table. Nor would we want that as it would remove the clean natural healthy chemical free protein that deer meat provides. The flexibility of meals with the meat makes it a choice meat.
FHFH distributes meat to children and families struggling with hunger in Wicomico County, Maryland through a partnership with a local school food bank. We received the following letter from a parent whose family benefitted from the meat provided by hunters this past season...
We also received three wonderful thank you notes from students whose families received deer meat through the program...
These messages are a blessing and a testament to the good work being accomplished by the volunteers, hunters, financial donors, and participating meat processors in Wicomico County, Maryland. This is just one example of the impact our ministry is having in many local communities!
We’ve all felt hungry at times due to eating late or missing a meal now and then. For people who face hunger on a daily basis it’s very different. They may skip a meal or two or may go an entire day without eating. People struggling with hunger often turn to food banks and feeding ministries for help. Sometimes their hunger can make them desperate.
In the early days of our ministry, my dad (FHFH Founder Rick Wilson) was visiting a Baltimore soup kitchen. The people he met were delighted with the quality of the venison spaghetti sauce being served even though wild game was not a familiar item. Rick asked a little girl who was devouring her meal how she liked it and she told him that it was better than McDonald’s. Rick’s heart broke when the cook explained, "I know that family. They eat from trash dumpsters behind local restaurants."
No one should have to eat out of a dumpster to keep from going hungry!
Protein is a vital component of a balanced diet for proper growth and good health.
This is especially important for the physical and cognitive development of children, and for maintaining a strong immune response in all age groups.
The grip of COVID-19 on our nation finally seems to be weakening. However the lingering impact of lost jobs and wages continues to affect many individuals, families and children. Food banks and other feeding ministries continue to list meat and protein items among their top food donation needs. That's where FHFH is making a difference!
We provide nutritious meat from game and livestock donations to food banks and feeding ministries. Did you know that one deer, processed into burger can be prepared in a soup kitchen to feed 200 hungry people?
Financial gifts to FHFH help us pay local butchers to process donated deer and livestock. There is no cost to the hunters and farmers who donate or to the men, women and children who are fed.
Please consider donating deer or livestock or giving a financial gift to FHFH today. May no one ever again have to eat out of a dumpster to keep from going hungry!
Thank you for your support of our ministry of feeding the hungry.