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Hunters Against Hunger: Donate Big Game for Hungry Montanans

Hunting - Region 7

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"A Montana law passed during the 2013 state session allows individuals to make a contribution that will help nonprofit groups process donated wild game for free distribution by Montana Food Bank Network to help feed people in need," said Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena.  The law came into effect when Montana State Senator Kendall Van Dyk sponsored SB123 which passed to become 87-1-293 http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/87/1/87-1-293.htm

Hunters who legally harvest big game during the hunting season can donate the meat to feed hungry Montanans. There will be no cost or processing fees for the donated meat! Only legally harvested or confiscated big game animals can be donated (deer, elk, antelope, moose and wild buffalo). No road kill can be donated. Simply deliver the big game to the nearest participating meat processor (listed below). The ground venison will then be distributed to Montanans in need through Montana Food Bank Network’s partner agencies.

If a hunter desires to retain part of the meat, the meat processor will take a photo copy of the carcass tag to remain with the donated meat. The original license stays with the hunter’s meat. The carcass tag or a copy of the carcass tag for each animal processed must be kept by the meat processor for inspection by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

To help with processing charges, anyone purchasing a Montana hunting license has the opportunity to make an on-the-spot donation to Hunters Against Hunger. A hunter who applies for or purchases a deer, antelope, elk, or wild buffalo license may donate $1 or more in addition to the price of each license.  These contributions will help pay for butchering and distribution of the processed game.

Participation by meat processors and hunters is the key to success to feed hungry Montanans. We also would like to give a special thanks to our local partner agencies for their participation.

If you want to become more involved and would like more information about the Hunters Against Hunger program, contact Jeff Gutierrez at the Montana Food Bank Network, 406-721-3825 ext. 232.

Below is the current list of Montana meat processors that are working with the Montana Food Bank Network for Hunters Against Hunger:

Belgrade:            Budget Game                                                   4110 Thorpe Road
Big Timber:        Big Timber Meats                                              209 E. 1st Avenue
Big Timber:        Pioneer Meats                                                  Pioneer Trail
Big Sandy:          Big Sandy Meats                                              56 McNamara Avenue
Billings:               4th Ave Meat Market                                    117 N. 25th Street
Bozeman:           Yellowstone Meat Processing                          74 Chestnut      
Butte:                   Western Meat & Sausage Block                     800 Dewey Blvd.
Glasgow:             Treasure Trail Meat Processing                       1064 Highway 2 W.
Great Falls:        House of Meats                                               1201 10th Ave N.
Helena:                Tizer Meats                                                    3558 Tizer Road
Lolo:                     Lolo Locker                                                   6220 Caras Lane
Manhattan:        Amsterdam Meat Shop                                   6680 Amsterdam Road
Plains:                  Clark Fork Custom Meats                             15 Molly's Lane
Superior:             Superior Meats                                              4212 Mullan Road E.
Trout Creek:      Pat's Wild Game                                              3605 Montana Hwy 200

Meat processors who wish to participate in the Hunters against Hunger program need to contact the Montana Food Bank Network for an MOU at (406) 721-3825 ext. 232.

For more information, please visit http://mfbn.org/hunters-against-hunger or call (406) 721-3825.

The Montana Food Bank Network, located at 5625 Expressway, Missoula MT,secures and distributes donated and low cost food and grocery products annually to over 200 hunger relief agencies throughout Montana. The Network works to meet the immediate need for food while advocating at the local, state, and national level for policy changes to help eliminate hunger and food insecurity in Montana. The Montana Food Bank Network is a member of Feeding America. For more information about the Montana Food Bank Network please visit www.mfbn.org or call (406) 721-3825.