Penny Hickman, Vice President of the Conservation Awareness Foundation and member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Dutchess County Fish and Game, discusses the humanitarian nonprofit group called Hunters Helping the Hungry. Volunteer hunters in this organization safely process mainly venison, but also fish and game birds, according to government standards. Hunters, who have more than they can use, make donations, which are distributed to the needy in outlets such as soup kitchens. In 2009, Hunters Helping the Hungry distributed more than 6,400 lbs. of venison. Ms. Hickman describes the entire process, from volunteers meeting hunters at a drop-off point, to the expert butchering process in a donated refrigeration area, and finally to safe distribution.
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