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Two important seasons are already well underway in Illinois: the holiday donation season and deer hunting season.  In October, I wrote about the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ effort to fight hunger through the Target Hunger Now Program.  That program takes invasive species of Asian Carp out of our river and helps to feed the hungry in our state.  The state is fortunate enough to have another well-established campaign that helps feed hungry families: The Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger Program.

The Sportsmen Against Hunger Program is designed to encourage area hunters to donate their tagged deer to feed families in Illinois.  This program was started in 1989, and since then has provided an estimated 1.8 million meals to needy families.

There are 50 meat processors in the state that accept donations, including two facilities in our area.  The Golden Locker in Golden, Illinois (217-696-4456) and The Butcher Block in Quincy, Illinois ((217) 222-6248) both can accept donations of tagged deer through the end of the season in mid-January.  Through donations and sponsorship dollars, these two local processors are able to process donated meat free of charge.  The donated venison is then distributed primarily through the Salvation Army.

Major local sponsors of the program include Rotary International, Key Outdoor Inc., Quincy Industrial Painting Company, Mays, Walden and Anastas PC, Farm and Home Supply, Independent’s Service Company, Gully Transportation, JH Concrete, Western Catholic Union, Autoshine Car Wash, Game Masters, Hilbing Autobody, and Peters Body Shop and Towing.

Originally Published November 2011

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