CO Jeremy Hawkes, (603) 271-3361
Jane Vachon, (603) 271-3211
March 14, 2007

Fish and Game Donates 250 Pounds of Meat to N.H. Food Bank

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers delivered 250 pounds of moose and deer meat to the New Hampshire Food Bank today. The donation was transported to the food bank by CO Jeremy Hawkes of District 3 and Justin Ferland of District 5. The New Hampshire Food Bank, based in Manchester, distributes food to more than 350 pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes statewide.

The donated meat originated from the Conservation Officers of Fish and Game's District 3 in west-central New Hampshire. It was confiscated during the fall 2006 hunting season in situations where moose and deer had been illegally taken. Conservation Officers had the meat butchered, packaged and frozen after it was seized. The pending court cases recently were resolved, allowing the donation.

"It's great to see something that otherwise would have gone to waste be put to such a good use," said Michele Garron, operations manager at New Hampshire Food Bank. "It really is helpful to get the meat -- donations are down across the board, but it's especially hard to get protein items. Our meat donations are the lowest they've been in two years."

Almost as soon as the meat was unloaded into the food bank's freezers, local food assistance agencies were busy packing it up for redistribution to people in need. "They are really glad to get healthy, nutritious foods like this," said Garron.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.

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