PIKE COUNTY, IL — The Health and Wellness Foundation of Pike County recently announced the awarding of a $7,500 grant to the Access Food Feed the Hungry Project as part of the FY23 Healthy Communities Grant competitive grant program.
The grant money will be used to process the 350 deer that Pike County hunters are expected to take this year. The HWFPC grant will be used to offset the processing costs of processing approximately 19,500 pounds of venison, which will then be distributed to food pantries throughout the county.
In a press release, Foundation Executive Director Patricia McIntosh said: This is a demonstration project that encourages non-resident hunters to shoot and donate does by providing a mechanism for processing does at no cost to hunters for distribution to local food pantries. This is a completed program.
“Nearly 12% of Pike County households are food insecure, so they consistently rely on the program’s venison to provide protein in their daily meals. We know that numbers have increased, making this program even more essential. The Access Food Program manages deer populations and supports families in need through deer donations by hunters. Not only is it the most effective program to impact food insecurity in Pike County, it also allows Pike County’s many participating organizations to actively help address food insecurity in Pike County.”
Food insecurity is the occasional inability to obtain enough food for all members of a household to lead an active and healthy life, and the availability of nutritionally adequate foods, such as protein, is limited or uncertain. Refers to the USDA scale that indicates that Food insecurity increases the risk of health problems in children and adults and contributes to short- and long-term stress for children and families.
“We are thrilled to be working with Pike County Two Rivers RC&D,” said Brenda Middendorf, executive director of Pike County Two Rivers RC&D. Health and Wellness Foundation donations play a critical role in our mission to utilize donated deer to provide protein to families in need. The Foundation’s support allows us to continue providing nutritious venison to those in need in our community. Their commitment to making a positive impact has greatly increased the success and scope of our program. ”
The organizations supporting this year’s deer donation program are:
- IDNR staff introducing meat lockers participating in the hunt
- Hilltop Custom Meat, which processes and packages donated deer.
- barrie food pantry
- Two Rivers reaches out to food pantries
- Crossing Food Pantry. Assist in the collection and distribution of processed venison for Pike County residents.
- Pike County College I Extension. To assist those who come to pick up their venison, the food pantry will provide nutritional information and recipes.
Each year, HWFPC selects the project that most effectively demonstrates its ability to impact Pike County’s most pressing physical, mental, and social health needs. Funding decisions for the Foundation’s Healthy Communities Grants are made by the Board of Directors each fall. The Board of Directors consists of the following members:
- Judge Michael Rosebery, Presiding Judge.
- J. Michael Kinsharff, Vice Chairman;
- Darla Lemons, secretary/treasurer;
- Michelle Westbrook
- andrea allen
- Pike County Deputy Zachary Orr
The Pike County Health and Wellness Foundation is a recognized 501(c)(3) public charity serving only Pike County, Illinois. Donations to HWFPC are fully tax deductible as permitted by law. For more information about HWFPC’s other grant programs, health scholarships, community collaborations, or how to donate, visit the Foundation’s website at www.hwfpc.org or call the Foundation office at 217-285-6080. please call me.