Earlier this month, Hunt 4 Hunger had to cancel its annual food-raising hunt for the Salvation Army because only a handful of teams came to participate. It also had to cancel the annual banquet -- and it saw its top two club leaders resign their posts.
Hunt 4 Hunger national director Chuck Gardner says those moves were "a stumble at most." He fully expects the local group to pick up where it left off soon. At the same time, he expects more communication between local and national levels.
Regionally, Hunt 4 Hunger is partnering with Ducks Unlimited Kansas and the National Wild Turkey Federation for a major expo in Topeka in June.
The ultimate goal is to raise at least 50,000 nonperishable food items for the Salvation Army.
Gardner says the national organization has several focal points now. One is to add more chapters, and the demand for what Hunt 4 Hunger does is spreading across the Midwest. Another is to guide existing chapters like ones in Emporia and Fort Scott. A third is getting international outdoor companies on board.
Locally, Hunt 4 Hunger maintains freezers for meat donations at Sutherlands and PrairieLand Partners John Deere. Anybody can drop off meat. Donors simply need to fill out paperwork so the meat can be transferred. Gardner thanked the businesses for their partnership and encouraged donors to do likewise.
For more information, go online to www.hunt4hunger.net or call Gardner at 343-0225. The full interview is online at the KVOE.com Audio Vault.