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article imageHunters help the hungry in Nova Scotia

By Kevin Jess     Nov 19, 2010 in Food
Halifax - Around 40,000 Nova Scotians require food assistance each month from food banks and that number is continuing to grow. Now hunters from across the province have stepped in to help.
Hunters across Nova Scotia in Canada are helping feed the hungry for the fifth year through the Hunters Helping the Hungry program by donating deer and moose meat to food banks.
Nova Scotia Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell said in a press release, "This is a great example of how government can work with organizations like Feed Nova Scotia and individuals to make life better for families in every region. I want to sincerely thank the hunters who are making a significant difference through their donations."
Feed Nova Scotia is a charitable organization that helps feed hungry people by collecting and distributing food to more than 150 member agency food banks and meal programs, while at the same time striving to eliminate chronic hunger and poverty through research, awareness and support programs.
Dianne Swinemar, executive director of Feed Nova Scotia said, "With so many families turning to food banks for support each month, programs like this are extremely important. A single kilogram of deer meat provides eight servings of protein. For a family who struggles with hunger and poverty, this can make the world of a difference."
Ms. Swinemar added, "Since the program was introduced four years ago, hunters have donated 2,800 kilograms of meat, representing 22,000 servings of protein."
The process of getting the meat from the hunter to homes across the province is easy. After registering a moose or deer, hunters take the carcass to one of 18 participating, registered meat cutters throughout the province and indicate the amount of meat they would like to donate. Feed Nova Scotia then distributes the meat to 150 member food banks province wide.
Tony Rodgers, executive director of Nova Scotia's Federation of Anglers and Hunters said, "We are fortunate to live in a country with wildlife populations abundant enough to be harvested. A lot of hunters appreciate the opportunity to share this gift with others and they feel good knowing that through even small donations of meat, they can really make a difference."
According to Feed Nova Scotia, 22,573 individuals were assisted by food banks in March 2010 (an increase of 11% over 2009). In addition to this, 134,940 meals are served each month at soup kitchens and meal programs.
Approximately one third of those assisted are children under the age of 18.
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