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Hunters Hunting Hunger program provides dozens of meals for those in need

Brittany Markert
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Hunting season is well under way and if you are one of the lucky ones you are bringing in big game. At times, too much game. There is a place in Grand Junction to donate extra meat from your hunt.

Connection Church (402 Grand Ave., Grand Junction) has set up a program to help those in need of some meals. They will use the processed harvest to create food boxes. The program is called Hunters Hunting Hunger.

The idea came from a member of the church who wanted to utilize the extra harvested meat.

Paris Wallace, pastor of Connection Church, said the idea isn’t new for some states, who have been doing for decades, but they wanted to utilize it as well.

The boxes include six pounds of meat, either deer or elk. Boxes also include boxed dinners, cereal, soups, crackers and other staples. It includes five dinner meals, four lunch meals and three breakfast meals. Some boxes have been used to make up to 48 rationed meals by individuals.

“It all depends how big the families are,” Wallace said. “All boxes are the exact same. We look from a cooking level to be simple and as a main source of protein.”

Folks interested in donating their harvest can take the meat to D & M Meats (2889 Florida St., Grand Junction). It will process the meat and donate to Connection Church.

On average, deer harvested totals around 100 pounds and elk averages around 200 pounds. The meat would then turn to provide 15 boxes with deer meat and 30 boxes with elk meat.

Low income or homeless families can obtain a box by visiting the church the third Tuesday of every month between October and June at 9 a.m.

Wallace added most boxes are gone within the hour, as there are only 25 boxes available each month. It is on a first come, first serve basis.

The church also accepts donations of food items and monetary donations to purchase food for the boxes as well.

Visit http://www.connectionchurchlive.com or call 970-523-1857 to learn more.


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