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Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry

Columbiana County Chapter

7880 Lincole Place
Lisbon, Ohio 44432
Contact:  Carol F. Bretz @ 330/424-7221 x101
 bretz@caaofcc.org

                                                       

        The Columbiana County Chapter of Farmers and Hungers Feeding the

Hungry is reminding hunters to donate deer to the Community Action Agency

and the County Dept. of Job and Family Services food pantries. 

The venison will be given to needy families via the CCDJFS and CAA food pantries.  


Deer must be processed by an Ohio Dept. of Agriculture approved meat

processing plant. 

The processing fee is paid by the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of Farmers and

Hunters Feeding the Hungry, so there is no cost to the hunter other than time and fuel to take the deer to the processor.  Hunters cannot donate deer that they have butchered themselves.


Deer can be taken to the following meat processors:

       

        Horst Packing, 3535 Renkenberger Road, Columbiana, Ohio at

330/482-2997.  Horst will accept deer from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday

closed Sundays.


        Winona Frozen Foods, 4955 Whinnery Road, Winona, Ohio 44493

330/222-1112.  Winona will accept deer Tuesday through Friday from

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. closed on Sundays.



CAA                        CCDJFS

Total households served                   668                            873              

Total individuals served                 2,004                        2,104             

Total packs of venison disbursed     804                        1,679 

                                                                                                          


        This project is a collaboration of the Columbiana County

Federation of Conservation Clubs, the Columbiana County Dept. of Job

and Family Services, the Community Action Agency and the Northeast

Chapter of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.


Continued high unemployment and a poor regional economy caused the

two agencies to ask the County Federation of Conservation Clubs for

help in setting up a deer donation program to feed needy people.


Division of Wildlife is matching funds raised by local chapters again
this year which is really a big help as raising funds for the processing is
tough in this economy. 
Trumbull County is starting its own chapter and
 has a new  coordinator whose name is Rob Mintzer.  
So if any of
your members hunt in Trumbull County and would  want to donate
a deer shot there to
the Trumbull County chapter, they can go to the
FHFH  website and get his contact information.

 

        Eileen Dray Bardon, CCDJFS Director, notes, Deer are a

renewable resource and an excellent source of protein.

The funds we save because of the donated deer can be used for

other types of emergency assistance. Tom Butch, a member of the County

Federation of Conservation Clubs believes this program offers hunters

who really like to hunt a reason to take an extra deer since the

extra deer can be donated to a good cause.It's a win-win situation

for the hunters, the agencies, and the families they serve.

As far as we know, we're the only Federation in Ohio working with

our Community Action Agency and our County Dept. of Job and Family

Services to sponsor the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the

Hungry program. said Butch.  Once hunting season concludes the

program partners will report on the number of deer donated and

families provided with the ground venison.

 

        The Ohio Division of Wildlife gave a grant to the

national Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry so that any

Ohio FHFH chapter can apply for matching funds as it raises

money for deer processing. This will be a big help to Ohio

FHFH chapters this hunting season. The Ohio Division

of Wildlife wants to reduce the deer population in Ohio

and helping to cover the costs of processing meat for

food pantries is one way to do that.

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