Since Safari Club International started the Sportsmen Against Hunger™ program in 1989, tens of millions of meals have been served at local soup kitchens, food banks, or other charitable organizations, such as The Salvation Army. Donations continue to increase each year. In 2008, 422,047 pounds of wild game meat were donated to relief organizations; in 2009, the figure had jumped to 415,605 pounds. In the 2010 season, we reached a new high of 477,392 pounds–enough for 1.9 million meals.
Some hunters take their harvest to a licensed meat processor, pay for the processing themselves, and then donate the meat to the needy. Other hunters choose to share the meat from their freezers throughout the year. Because the demand for low-fat, low-cholesterol, preservative-free, high-protein meat is so great, these offerings by SCI members are vital to the nutritional success of food banks across America and the world.
Keep an eye out for Chapter announcements about local collections we take up for this very important program.