TERRELL CO., GA (WALB) - South Georgia hunters will be better able to donate deer to feed those in need this year. A program called Hunters for the Hungry is expanding further in South Georgia, and will provide badly needed fresh meat to the Food Bank of Southwest Georgia.
South Georgia hunters have been asking the Redmonds at Mossy Creek outdoors in Terrell County to take part in the Hunters for the Hungry program, and now they have their wish.
"This year we were finally granted permission to do it, and we're excited and they are too," said Angel Redmond.
Hunters for the Hungry is sponsored by the state Department of Natural Resources. This year Mossy Creek and nine other deer processing businesses across the state will take part. Hunters will drop off field dressed deer, and the Food Bank will distribute the meat to those in need.
"We'll grind them all into one pound burger packs, which will be about the size here. We'll get the whole deer, box it up, and when we've got enough we'll call the Food Bank and they'll come get it," Dan Redmond said.
Mossy Creek says their goal is to provide one thousand pounds of meat to the Food Bank, which they say is great news.
"We estimate the need in our 20 county service area to be about 12 million pounds of food. Last year we distributed about 3.1 million. There is a huge gap between what is needed and what we are able to provide," said Food Bank of Southwest Georgia President Brett Kirkland.
Redmond says hunters can hunt their limit, knowing it is helping. "They don't want to shoot them because they don't want them to go to waste. This will give them a chance to bring them up here and help everybody."
Mossy Creek already has a program where deer hunters donate a pound of their meat they process, and the Redmonds donate it to people in need in Terrell County. Now the Hunters for the Hungry program will increase that help across 20 counties.
There are also five weekend drop off site locations where hunters can donate harvested deer to the Hunters for the Hungry program.