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Hunters help feed the hungry

November 27, 2006

Tifton--The food bank isn't the only place helping to feed the hungry this holiday season.

South Georgia hunters have an opportunity to do the same this year.

You won't find store owner Harrell Willis standing still for long.

"We're pretty busy. It's the busiest time of year," he says.

For more than ten years, he's processed meat for customers at his business called Safety Rite.

One look inside his freezer, and you'll find this year it's packed with deer meat.

"We hope to get at least 750 to a thousand pounds at least," he says.

This year his store is the drop off site for Georgia Hunters for the Hungry.

"A hunter can kill a deer. They can bring it in field-dressed or in a cooler. We collect it and process it. It's going to the food bank then they distribute it wherever it's needed."

Llast year, Georgia hunters donated more than 700 deer to the program. Since it began more than thirteen years ago, the program has collected 170,000 pounds of meat to feed the hungry."

"Deer meat is one of the best meats for you. It's all natural, don't have any antibiotics, and chemicals," he say.

Willis says this is one of the few ways he can hopefully make someone's holidays even brighter.

"i'll do anything I can to help somebody."

And hopes others will do the same.

Safety Rite will collect deer meat through January first.

All hunters who donate a deer during the collection period will be entered into a drawing for a deer rifle sponsored by the Georgia Wildlife Federation..

Anyone interested in donating can call the store at 382-1242.