Since Inception, Program Has Fed More than 17,000 and Donated 6,000 Pounds of Venison
The end-of-year stats are in and Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed. program has fed more than 3,500 of those less fortunate this past year, making the program’s total numbers more than 17,000 fed and more than 6,000 pounds of venison and fish donated. This is all possible in large part to its partners like Mule Deer Foundation, Outdoor Heritage Education Center and various cable operators. Hunt.Fish.Feed., which started in 2007, is a unique outreach program that taps an underutilized food source—game meat and fish donated by sportsmen—to feed those struggling with hunger across America.
“We couldn’t have done all this without the help from our partners at Mule Deer Foundation, Outdoor Heritage Education Center and our cable partners like Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications,” said Todd Hansen, COO of Sportsman Channel. “Together we are able to not only feed many in need but drive awareness around the resource of donated game and fish meat, which is a high-protein, low-fat organic option available to shelters across the U.S.”
In 2012, Sportsman Channel stopped in six cities, feeding 3,500 needy and donating 3,000 pounds of venison. The largest event was in Salt Lake City in February where Mule Deer Foundation volunteers fed nearly 2,000 folks at the shelter venison tacos – a Hunt.Fish.Feed. specialty.
“Mule Deer Foundation is proud to be a part of Hunt.Fish.Feed. Our members know immediately what they are going to do with their meat when they harvest their deer. It’s a great feeling to give – and especially to give something that is so needed in these hard times,” said Miles Moretti, president of Mule Deer Foundation.
Since its inception, Sportsman Channel has worked with nearly 1,000 volunteers and 38 shelters across America. Volunteers, led by Executive Chef Scott Leysath of HuntFishCook and Dead Meat, help prepare venison tacos and fish meat with all the extras.
Plans are already underway for Hunt.Fish.Feed. 2013 and the network will announce more details in the coming months.
“Hunt.Fish.Feed. will keep going strong into 2013 and beyond. As long as there is need, and we have the resources, we will be helping those in need stay healthy and positive,” said Hansen.
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