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Wild game banquet supports charity causes

Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 9:41 am

Warsaw Baptist Church held a Wild Game Banquet on February 20, the proceeds of which will be split between Hunters for the Hungry, a non-profit that provides venison to people in need across Virginia, and the church’s Standing Rock Missions Team, which will visit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation in North Dakota from July 24 to July 30.

HuntersMissionThe banquet served animals that had been hunted including goose, quail, venison, rabbit, squirrel and muskrat.

Hunters for the Hungry started in 1991 and since then has provided more than 5.8 million pounds of venison, which is enough to provide more than 23.2 million servings at no charge to the hungry in the Commonwealth.

The Hunters for the Hungry special projects coordinator, Gary Arrington, said that 50 percent of the people the organization feeds are children and the elderly.

Annually the organization provides at least 330,000 pounds to the needy.

“The sad part is if we can put one million pounds of meat in a freezer on January 1, before the end of the year it’d all be gone,” Arrington said. “The demand is that high.”

Lillian Ann Smith, the site leader for the Standing Rock Missions Team, said 32 people will be on the team that visits the reservation in July.

The church’s team will be at one of eight sites on the reservation. Smith said that the team distributes food twice a day to 150 people on the reservation, conducts a preschool ministry, and does crafts with the children on the reservation …

Read more about it in the February 24 edition of the Northern Neck News.