The general hunting season begins November 5 and hunters will be doing their part to alleviate hunger in Texas through the Hunters for the Hungry program. Food assistance agencies such as food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters count on venison from Hunters for the Hungry to help stretch agency budgets and provide a nutritious source of protein to the people they serve.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one in five, or 18.8 percent of Texas households, were at risk of hunger between 2008 and 2010. Many families served by food pantries have to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or prescriptions.

Last year, hunters donated 178,662 pounds of venison statewide, resulting in more than 700,000 servings.

This season, Hunters for the Hungry is working with Reed’s Meat Processing in Cleveland to accept venison donations. Hunters who wish to be a part of the solution to hunger can learn more about the program by visitingwww.tacaa.org/hunters-for-the-hungry or call 1-800-992-9767, ext. 506.

Hunters for the Hungry is a program of the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies, Inc. (TACAA). For more information about TACAA, visit www.tacaa.org.