Cumberland Times-News

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December 29, 2012

Hunt brings $70,000 to W.Va. food bank

GASSAWAY, W.Va. — West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro has presented a check to the Mountaineer Food Bank representing $70,000 raised during the 6th Annual Governor’s One Shot Deer Hunt in October. The money will go to the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program, which distributes venison to needy families via the Mountaineer Food Bank and other agencies.

In addition to the funds donated through the hunt, $25,000 was donated by Dominion Energy. The donations were presented at the food bank’s headquarters in Gassaway on Dec. 19.

Private individuals and businesses donate money for the opportunity to participate in guided antlerless deer hunts on private property near Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County and end the event with an auction and an award banquet. All venison from the hunt goes to HHH.

Since 2007, the hunt has raised from $17,000 to $75,000 annually.

The HHH program allows hunters to donate legally harvested deer to certified processors so the meat can be distributed to soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, senior centers, missions, churches and community centers. The successful program began in 1992, providing meals to the neediest of West Virginians.

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