Feb 29, 2008


When a Knott County landowner killed four nuisance elk that were destroying a family cemetery earlier this month, no one realized that the meat donated to Hunters for the Hungry would eclipse the 3 million meals prepared benchmark since the beginning of organization’s 2001 partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

David Montgomery, founder and president of the Christian-based Open Hand Community Food Pantry in Lawrenceburg, accepted approximately 800 pounds of processed and packaged elk meat Thursday, February 28, at the department.

The meat will go into chilies, soups, casseroles and will make about 6,400 meals in soup kitchens and pantries.

“This donation makes it more than 73,000 pounds of meat – deer and elk – that has been donated to Hunters for the Hungry just this hunting season,” said Kent Cooper of Hunters for the Hungry. “It puts us over the 3 million meals mark since our partnership began in 2001.

“It took us about 5 years, until 2006, to reach the 2 million mark,” he added. “It’s taken only another 16 months to reach 3 million. That’s all due to the participation of the hunting public. Our hunters are doing an excellent job.”

Montgomery said his Pantry has provided meals for 466 people from 267 families in the Anderson County area since it opened last August.

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Photo (left to right): David Ledford of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Kent Cooper of Hunters for the Hungry, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Dr. Jon Gassett, and David Montgomery of Open Hand Community Food Pantry loaded processed and packaged elk meat donated to Hunters for the Hungry by the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.