GREENWOOD, SC – The Neil “Gobbler” Cost Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has earned a reputation for reaching out to the community with various programs such as Wheelin’ Sportsman, Women in the Outdoors and JAKES Day. They also help feed the hungry through their Venison for the Hungry program.
The program was started by Dr. Travis Stevenson several years ago when he noticed a need in the community and, as a hunter, a way to meet that need.
“We ask hunters to donate a portion of their meat that they have processed to the Food Bank and the Soup Kitchen,” Stevenson said. “Sometimes they even donate the whole deer.”
The NWTF pays for the cost of the processing to whoever processes the meat and then donates the meat either the Food Bank of Greenwood County or the Greenwood Soup Kitchen.
“We’re very grateful for the support of the NWTF and the hunters,” said Greenwood Soup Kitchen executive director Norm Fawcett. “We have a very supportive community here in Greenwood and they are a major part of it.”
The program collects about 2,500 pounds of meat annually. The processing is paid for by donations made for the purpose. In addition to accepting deer, the program also accepts hogs. To participate in the program, talk to your local deer processor.