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November 2, 2012

From the November 4, 1999 Archives - Gov. Underwood asks for help with needy families during hunting season

PRINCETON — Governor Cecil Underwood wrote into the Times asking for local hunters to participate in, "one of the State's most successful programs for helping needy families: Hunters Helping the Hungry."

HHH provided more than 150,000 pounds of venison to needy WV families since its inception in 1992. The meat was distributed to the Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway, a state-ceritified member of Second Harvest. Hunters donate the meat and donors pay for processing the meat for distribution. The meat itself is ground and frozen for distribution to various church pantries, food banks, soup kitchens, shelters and needy families throughout WV.

In 1998, hunters donated 846 deer that produced more than 35,000 pounds of meat; the processing and distribution costs came to slightly over $35,000 for that year.

Gov. Underwood urged people to donate either meat or money to the HHH for that year. Saying, "All donations of dollars and venison - large or small- are tax deductible and will help place a balanced, healthful meal before someone less fortunate...West Virginia has an abundance of deer this year, and I expect hunters will continue to share their harvest."

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