Hunters for the Hungry Gets Financial Boost

The Walmart Foundation has provided a $35,000 grant to the Georgia Wildlife Federation through the Foundation’s State Giving Program in order to assist with Georgia Hunters for the Hungry.

Donated venison, packaged like this for meals, through programs to help those in need is one way hunters help others each year.

Donated venison, packaged like this for meals, through programs to help those in need is one way hunters help others each year.

Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by processing more than 20,000 pounds of donated venison to be delivered to food banks throughout Georgia.

“We are very excited that the Walmart Foundation decided to address the urgent need faced by families all over Georgia from food insecurity,” said Todd Holbrook, president and CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. “Their support of Georgia Hunters for the Hungry will provide more than 60,000 meals throughout the state this year. This program exemplifies the best of our outdoor traditions in Georgia and we owe the Walmart Foundation a debt of gratitude for their focus on this growing problem.”

The grant was presented to Holbrook during a check presentation ceremony at the Alcovy Conservation Center.

“At the Walmart Foundation, we understand that organizations such as the Georgia Wildlife Federation are essential to building stronger communities. They share our values and are committed to helping those in need in the communities we serve,” said Glen Wilkins, Walmart senior public affairs manager. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that residents in this state will feel a positive effect, and through that effect our impact will be expanded.”

Georgia Hunters for the Hungry is a partnership between the Georgia Wildlife Federation, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Food Bank Association. Started in 1993, the program allows Georgia sportsmen to donate harvested deer to Georgia food banks after being processed in state-inspected facilities. To date, more than 300,000 pounds of ground venison has been donated to Georgia food banks.

The program runs through hunting season, from September to February. Hunters can find information here.

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.