Area hunters, farmers able to donate to Hoosiers Feeding the Hunger program

Staff Writer

By JANNAYA ANDREWS
Decatur Daily Democrat

    Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry will hold its annual Dinner and Auction from 4-9:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Middaugh Hall (DeKalb County Fairgrounds) in Auburn. This event will consist of a buffet-style dinner catered by Dutch Heritage, raffles, silent auction and live auction.
     All proceeds will go to pay processing fees on large game and livestock, with this protein being given to hunger relief agencies within Indiana to help residents in need of additional food services.
    "We are very excited about our 'Meat' the Need program," said Debra Treesh, executive director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, "and hope the community joins us at this event so that we can raise the funds necessary to continue to provide this service."
    Even as the economy improves, many Hoosiers are still living paycheck-to-paycheck. Indiana residents who must regularly choose between paying bills and buying groceries continue to struggle to stay afloat, but often become more in debt. In Indiana, approximately 1 in 4 households with children report an inability to afford enough food to feed their family. By assisting individuals and families struggling with this situation, the organization helps give families the ability to avoid hunger and not have to choose between bills and groceries, allowing those aging and vulnerable populations to get back on track to hunger-free, independent living.  
    Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry encourages the donation of large game and livestock to the Meat the Need program, raises financial support to pay processing fees on these donations and gives the meat to hunger relief-agencies within Indiana. Hunters and farmers may donate — at no cost to them — by taking large game or livestock to a participating meat processor in their area. Farmers may write-off fair market value on taxes.
    The donation will be processed, packaged and local hunger-relief agencies will be contacted for pick up and distribution back into the community. The individuals and families that Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry serves are reached through food banks and other hunger-relief agencies whose services are strictly for low income and poor populations.
    “We have over $40,000 in prizes,” said Samantha Portner, fundraising and event director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “Some of our prizes include (a) trip to Alaska, wine tours, smart tvs, hunting and fishing gear, Yeti, electric smoker, custom meat processing and meat packs, tons of gift cards for restaurants, wine gift baskets, Coach handbags and so much more!”
    Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is accepting donations to for this program throughout Indiana and is continuously looking for volunteers to help in the efforts to feed the hungry and reduce hunger issues in Indiana.
    Nearby participating processors include Manley Meat, 302 S. 400 E., Decatur, processing deer and livestock; Gerber Locker, 2330 Railroad St., Craigville, livestock; and Fisher Packing Co., 300 W. Walnut St., Portland, deer and livestock.
    For more information on the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program and for a complete list of participating processors, visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org.
 

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