GWF Receives Support from Walmart Foundation

April was a big month for Georgia Hunters for the Hungry. How can that be? Hunters for the Hungry is a program enabling deer hunters to donate the autumn harvest of deer through the Georgia Food Bank Association to needy Georgians. April is for hunting wild turkeys; the fall months are for hunting deer.

April was big because the Walmart Foundation contributed $35,000 this April for making this special program a success during the upcoming 2015 deer hunting season. Because of the generous Walmart donation, hunters will be notified about locations for red meat processors who are accepting donated deer, over 600 individual deer hunters will share the harvest that they enjoy, participating red meat processors will prepare, grind and package venison at much reduced rates, the Georgia Food Bank Association will aid in distribution, and over 135,000 meals will be served to Georgians in need.

GWF Receives $25,000 for Georgia Hunters for the Hungry Program

biloBi-Lo Holdings Foundation and Harveys Supermarket support feeding those in need in our community. Today, at the Harveys Supermarket in Macon, Meals on Wheels and the Georgia Wildlife Federation received program support. The Federation’s grant will support Georgia Hunters for the Hungry that will put thousands of pounds of ground venison in area food banks. Hunters are reminded that they can donate a field-dressed deer at any of the participating deer processors through the end of the deer hunting season.

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Georgia Hunters For The Hungry Adds Local Deer Processors

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Media Contact:Todd Holbrook
Georgia Wildlife Federation
11600 Hazelbrand Road
Covington, GA 30014
770-787-7887
tholbrook@gwf.org

Covington – November 10, 2014 – Cooling fall temperatures have whitetail deer on the move, giving deer hunters the perfect opportunity to participate in the Georgia Hunters For The Hungry program. GHFTH is a partnership between the Georgia Wildlife Federation, Georgia Wildlife Resources Division of DNR, and the Georgia Food Bank Association that provides sportsmen a way to donate harvested deer to Georgia’s food banks.

“We are excited to be able to expand the GHFTH program through the addition of two deer processors in middle Georgia,” says Todd Holbrook, president and CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. He added that this latest increase brings the number of cooperating deer processors to 11 statewide. These processors serve the food banks that serve 145 of Georgia’s counties.

Holbrook added that this expansion of the program was made possible by recent sponsorships from Central Georgia and Snapping Shoals electric membership corporations and base support from the Walmart Foundation and the Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation.

GHFTH has been providing high quality protein to hungry Georgians since 1993. Since the inception, hunters have donated over 325,000 pounds of ground venison for distribution to the needy. Processing expenses are provided by the program. Local deer hunters interested in sharing the harvest can bring deer to any of these processors.

               City/Town         Venison Processor                  Telephone
Columbus Daffin’s Meat Processing 706-322-8848
Covington Holifield’s Deer Processing 770-788-1114
Covington Steve Bishop’s Taxidermy and Deer Processing 770-787-0840
Dawson Mossey Creek Outdoors 229-995-4109
Eastman Barlow’s Meat Processing 478-374-5614
Irwinton Starley’s Deer Processing 478-946-8976
Jefferson Apple Valley Meat Processing 706-335-9304
Juliette Wildlife Deer Processing 478-994-5486
Sparta Garner’s Grinders 706-444-9228
Springfield Zoeller’s Deer Processing 912-665-0427
Vidalia Stewart’s Quality Meats 912-537-9888

Additional program information is available through the Georgia Wildlife Federation.

Georgia Hunters for the Hungry Adds Local Deer Processors

Media Contact: Todd Holbrook
Georgia Wildlife Federation
11600 Hazelbrand Road
Covington, GA 30014
770-787-7887
tholbrook@gwf.org

Georgia Hunters For The Hungry Adds Local Deer Processors

Covington – November 10, 2014 – Cooling fall temperatures have whitetail deer on the move, giving deer hunters the perfect opportunity to participate in the Georgia Hunters For The Hungry program. GHFTH is a partnership between the Georgia Wildlife Federation, Georgia Wildlife Resources Division of DNR, and the Georgia Food Bank Association that provides sportsmen a way to donate harvested deer to Georgia’s food banks.

“We are excited to be able to expand the GHFTH program through the addition of two deer processors in middle Georgia,” says Todd Holbrook, president and CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. He added that this latest increase brings the number of cooperating deer processors to 11 statewide. These processors serve the food banks that serve 145 of Georgia’s counties.

Holbrook added that this expansion of the program was made possible by recent sponsorships from Central Georgia and Snapping Shoals electric membership corporations and base support from the Walmart Foundation and the Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation.

GHFTH has been providing high quality protein to hungry Georgians since 1993. Since the inception, hunters have donated over 325,000 pounds of ground venison for distribution to the needy. Processing expenses are provided by the program. Local deer hunters interested in sharing the harvest can bring deer to any of these processors listed above.

Georgia Hunters for the Hungry

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Media Contact:
Mary Ann Anderson
Georgia Wildlife Federation
manderson@gwf.org

While deer season in the southern zone of Georgia is ending in just a few days on January 15, there is still plenty of time for hunters to participate in the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program.

The GHFTH program, sponsored in part by the Georgia Wildlife Federation, allows Georgia sportsman to donate harvested deer to Georgia food banks after it is processed in state-inspected facilities.  The ground venison is then delivered to food banks across the state to help feed needy families.

“The North Georgia hunting season has been a big boon to Hunters for the Hungry,” says Todd Holbrook, president and CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation.  “In light of the success in the northern zone, we want to remind hunters in the southern zone that opportunities still exist until the end of the season to participate in the program.”

Holbrook added that northern hunting zone meat processors were able to fill their allocated pounds of lean venison with high quality, high protein, and high-in-demand meat.

The Georgia Wildlife Federation has been heavily involved in the program since its inception in 1993.  The program so far has donated more than 300,000 pounds of ground venison to food banks around the state.

The Georgia Wildlife Federation, working closely with the Georgia Food Bank Association, the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and GHFTH sponsors, and Middle Georgia electrical cooperatives and Walmart, who both provided generous grants to the program, has provided more than 60,000 meals through the program for Georgia’s needy.

South Georgia hunters interested in participating in the program can bring field-dressed deer to any of these designated drop-off locations:

Daffin’s Meat Processing, 914 Neil Dr. Columbus, 706-322-8848
Sealey’s Deer Cooler, 5675 S. Apple Valley Rd, Jefferson, 706-335-9304
Starley’s Deer Processing, 190 George Hatcher Rd, Irwinton, 478-946-8976
Stewart’s Quality Meats, 204 Washington St., Vidalia, 912-537-9888
Lee’s Processing, 461 Dove Ln., Axson, 912-422-3079
JJ’s Deer Processing, 974 Ga. Hwy 105, Baldwin,  706-776-2819
Mossey Creek Outdoors, 2788 Americus Hwy., Dawson,  229-995-4109
Barlow’s Meat Processing, 1692 Milan-Eastman Rd, Eastman, 478-374-5614
Lee Processing, 105 Hwy. 377, Leesburg, 229-759-2869
K&K Processing, 6749 Good Hope Rd., Naylor, 229-269-5557
Buck Deer Processing and Taxidermy, 231 Smithfield Rd. N, Leesburg, 229-869-0832
Garner’s Grinder, 18639 Hwy. 16, Sparta,  678-858-8857
Zoeller’s Deer Processing, 1123 Indigo Rd., Springfield,  912-754-9541

For addition information or to make a monetary donation—each deer costs roughly $50 to process—visit http://www.GWF.org or call 770-787-7887.

Walmart Foundation Awards Georgia Wildlife Federation with $35,000 Grant to Support Georgia Hunters for the Hungry

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Todd Holbrook, 770-787-7887

Walmart Foundation Awards Georgia Wildlife Federation with $35,000 Grant to Support
Georgia Hunters for the Hungry

Donation will provide more than 20,000 pounds of venison to food banks throughout Georgia in 2013

Covington, GA, August 26, 2013 – Today, the Walmart Foundation provided a $35,000 grant to the Georgia Wildlife Federation through the Foundation’s State Giving Program in order to assist with Georgia Hunters for the Hungry.   Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by processing more than 20,000 pounds of donated venison to be delivered to food banks throughout Georgia.

“We are very excited that the Walmart Foundation decided to address the urgent need faced by families all over Georgia from food insecurity,” said Todd Holbrook, president and CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. “Their support of Georgia Hunters for the Hungry will provide more than 60,000 meals throughout the state this year. This program exemplifies the best of our outdoor traditions in Georgia and we owe the Walmart Foundation a debt of gratitude for their focus on this growing problem.”

The grant was presented to Mr. Holbrook during a check presentation ceremony held today at the Alcovy Conservation Center.

“At the Walmart Foundation, we understand that organizations such as the Georgia Wildlife Federation are essential to building stronger communities.  They share our values and are committed to helping those in need in the communities we serve,” said Glen Wilkins, Walmart senior public affairs manager. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that residents in this state will feel a positive effect, and through that effect our impact will be expanded.”

Georgia Hunters for the Hungry is a partnership between the Georgia Wildlife Federation (GWF), the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Georgia Food Bank Association. Started in 1993, the program allows Georgia sportsmen to donate harvested deer to Georgia food banks after being processed in state-inspected facilities. To date, Georgia sportsmen have donated more than 300,000 pounds of ground venison to food banks around the state. The program runs through hunting season, from September to February.

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

As part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Georgia donated 19,207,790 pounds of food, in fiscal year 2013, or the equivalent of 16 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $37,055,129 in fiscal year 2013 in Georgia alone.  For more information on Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.

GWFAbout the Georgia Wildlife Federation

Founded in 1936, the Georgia Wildlife Federation is the state’s oldest and largest member-supported conservation organization. GWF is dedicated to encouraging the intelligent management of Georgia’s natural resources, and promoting and encouraging the knowledge and appreciation of these resources. Georgia Wildlife Federation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization and the state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation

About Philanthropy at Walmart 

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

Hunger is Closer Than You Think

     Here’s a shocking statistic. In Georgia 27.9% of children under the age of 18 need food assistance. That’s every third child you see on the street. That’s 725,000 children in Georgia. The problem is not indigency or homelessness. 36% of households that receive assistance from a food bank in the state have someone working full-time. And it’s not enough. These

“Georgia’s working poor are hungry,” said Danah Craft, Executive Director of the Georgia Food Bank Association. “It’s really an extraordinary time and Georgia’s food banks are being relied on for more than just emergency assistance. People are depending on this to survive.”

Programs like the Georgia Wildlife Federation’s and Georgia Food Bank Association’s Hunters for the Hungry play a vital role in feeding the swiftly-growing number of food insecure families in Georgia. For 18 years this partnership (with the support of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources) has highlighted the best of Georgia hunters’ tradition of generosity. There are many reasons to hunt, but there are none more noble than to feed those in need.

Because of an untimely funding shortage, this year the program is relying Georgia hunters even more than ever. These are difficult times for many families around the state, but we cannot allow those who are suffering to fall further into the cycle of poverty.
Georgia hunters donated more than 25,000 pounds of venison last year, but even more is needed. Food banks in Georgia have seen 30-35% increases for the last two years. The persistently high unemployment rate in Georgia ensures that this increase in demand is likely to continue. Georgia hunters and the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program provide the most difficult thing for food banks to stock: protein. Necessary at almost every meal and even more crucial to children and the elderly, the protein provided through the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry and Drop-Back-A-Pack programs fills an essential dietary need.

“Protein is the most important and most difficult thing for us to get,” said Craft. “It’s expensive to buy and people need some at almost every meal. The venison we get from Georgia’s hunters is really important. The agencies love it and many will make a special trip when they hear it is in to come get it. It rarely stays in the food banks more than a day and a half.”

Due to the lack of funding, this year’s program will not be able to pay for the processing of whole deer. At our 12 participating processors around the state, we are accepting donations as part of the Drop-Back-A-Pack program where you may leave a portion of your processed deer at the processor to be donated to food banks in Georgia. Please be generous this year in the portions you leave behind! Click here to view a list of the processors in Georgia.

In preparation for next year, the Georgia Wildlife Federation is accepting donations specifically for the Hunters for the Hungry program. (It costs about $50 to process each deer.) Donations may be mailed to the Georgia Wildlife Federation or made online at our website.

Please donate today and ensure that one of Georgia hunters’ most enduring legacies of compassion lives on.

Photo: Patrons of a Georgia food bank last Thanksgiving. Photo courtesy Angelina Bellebuono.