“We take in deer during deer season, donated from farmers and hunters, and we process them and we give them to a couple of local food pantries,” said David Euton, coordinator for Scioto County for FHFH. “All the food is given out to the local food pantries and gets donated to local needy families.”
The event featured an auction, a car show, a corn hole tournament, live bands, beans and cornbread and a bake sale.
“We just started this last year in Scioto County,” Euton said. “The money we raise here goes to support the local professional butchers, processors, to cut the meat up to go to the food pantry.”
Euton said the Ohio Department of Natural Resources offers a matching grant fund for the program.
“They have a certain dollar amount and it is used until that dollar amount is reached,” Euton said.
Last year, the organization processed 18 deer, producing 512 pounds of meat, or 2,092 meals. It was donated to the Mt. Zion Church food pantry in West Portsmouth.
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry is a ministry that provides nutritious venison meat to the hungry through the food programs serving Scioto County. FHFH needs public support to accept and process donated deer and other big game because the program pays the cost of processing and packaging the meet. Euton said the average price for processing is about $60 per deer.
For more information, call Euton at (740) 372-9518 or visit www.fhfh.org. FHFH is a 501(c)(3) organization.
FRANK LEWIS may be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232, or firstname.lastname@example.org.