By Warren Reporter
November 08, 2009, 5:34PM
“It’s hunting season which is our chance to feed many hungry people in New Jersey but we can’t do it without the public’s help,” says Les Giese, co-founder and Board Trustee of the group Hunters Helping the Hungry.
The Hunters Helping the Hungry Program was developed by Giese, of Clinton Township (Hunterdon), and other hunters during the 1997-1998 hunting season to help provide needed protein for local food banks while addressing the overpopulation of deer in our community.
Ten deer (approximately 500 pounds of venison) were donated that first season. Close to 6,000 pounds have been donated in 2009 and in 2008 the total was 12,000 pounds. Since the program’s inception, hunters have donated over 219,000 pounds of venison to HHH providing approximately 876,000 servings of protein to those in need. “But we can’t pay the butchers to process the deer without donations from the public,” says Giese.