Governor Jay Nixon Helps with Share the Harvest Program
COLUMBIA - The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri received another shipment of 800 pounds of venison from the Share the Harvest Program Thursday. Share the Harvest has collected 7500 pounds this hunting season. After the Food Bank collects the meat from various processors, the meat is distributed to food pantries throughout Missouri. The meat processors only charge a fraction of the cost to skin and clean up the meat.
Executive director of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, Peggy Kirkpatrick said this program makes up for what the food bank is lacking, which is protein. "It's something that we always need more of," said Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick also said the program is something that Missourians take note of, "I get calls from families asking when the deer meat is coming in during this time."
The Conservation Federation of Missouri, the Department of Conservation, Shelter Insurance, Bass Pro Shops and the Missouri Deer Hunters Association are a few of the thirteen organizations and businesses involved in the program. Kirkpatrick said they are expecting another couple of hundred pounds of meat in the next month.