DAVISON — A little bit of kindness goes a long way.
That’s something the Flint Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) and Sportsmen Against Hunger (SAH) hopes area hunters will take to heart during the fall hunting seasons. Small game and archery deer hunting season are underway and once hunters have filled their tags and freezers, SCI and SAH are hoping hunters buy more tags and help feed the hungry. Or, at the very least, can donate part of their harvest.
“This is something that I am very passionate about and am doing everything I can to help make life a little better for those in need,” said Dennis Gepfrey, board member of the Flint Chapter of Safari Club International and chairman of Sportsmen Against Hunger. “It is great to have so many hunters that donate just one pound of meat or more to this campaign. It is little things being done with big returns and rewards that people just do. I am glad to be apart of this organization and campaign.”
The two groups partner with the Eastern Michigan Food Bank and area processors to donate the processing chargers for hunters who in turn donate part or all of their meat harvested. While deer meat is the most popular, any wild game if processed through a licensed processor is eligible for the program.
Gepfrey explained that his groups provide the way for local hunters to donate nutritious natural game meats, something a lot of food pantries, food banks and soup kitchens simply could not do on their own.
“Protein product is a huge asset to the Food Bank network agencies as meat is not donated as often by national manufacturers,” explained Kara-Lyn D. Ross, vice president of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. “Through our network of generous donors and processors in Genesee County, processing is donated free of charge to the hunter in exchange for the donation of meat. Protein product is a huge asset to the Food Bank network agencies as meat is not donated as often by national manufacturers.”
Ross added that locally, Mark Thomas Deer Processing, 9203 E. Coldwater Road in Davison, (810) 658-5369, is part of the network of meat processors offering their services to hunters and the Food Bank.