Montana Hunters Help Food Banks with ‘Hunters Against Hunger’ Program

by Jennifer Shea

“Hunters Against Hunger” is an effort by the Montana Food Bank Network to make good use of the big game that hunters shoot in the state during hunting season. 

Together with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, “Hunters Against Hunger” allows hunters to donate part or all of the meat they legally harvest to feed food insecure Montanans. Hunters also have the opportunity to donate money towards game processing and distribution costs when they apply for a hunting license.

Right now, the general hunting season has ended. But hunters still have elk shoulder season left to hunt in some parts of Montana, KTVQ reports. That gives hunters the chance to offer local food banks a helping hand during the winter months.

406 Processing & Taxidermy is one of the participating processors in “Hunters Against Hunger.” The program includes about 34 of them across the state.

Montana Hunters Double Donations

And manager Duane Woltz said that this year, after abundant hunts in the bow and general deer seasons, they doubled their donations.

Further, Woltz said they’re still processing elk shoulder meat. Permits last through January for some hunting districts.

He added that they’re proud to be helping people who can’t hunt themselves. 

The Montana Food Bank Network launched “Hunters Against Hunger” in 2007, according to the Associated Press. The AP reported that some meat processors began offering discounts on game that will be donated to local food banks.

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks agreed to help with the effort. They just required that all donated game be from a legal hunt and no money changed hands in the process.

The meat sent to food banks gets packaged as ground meat. That’s to make it easier to process. Furthermore, it’s also in the interests of fairness, so some people don’t get more valuable portions than others.