November 29, 2016 2:26 pm

Saskatoon Wildlife Federation donates deer meat to the Saskatoon Food Bank

The Saskatoon Wildlife Federation made Giving Tuesday a reality for the Saskatoon Food Bank with a donation of deer meat.

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On the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday.

The Saskatoon Wildlife Federation did just that, delivering more than 600 pounds of deer meat to the Saskatoon Food Bank as part of its Hunt 4 Hunger program.

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Since 2010, hunters have collectively donated 10,000 pounds of extra meat throughout the hunting season.

“When they can come in here and get something that’s fresh and that comes from the field, it’s just a great partnership,” Saskatoon Wildlife Federation president Robert Freberg said.

“We enjoy the fact that they enjoy it and we enjoy going out in the field and harvesting as well.”

Deborah Hamp, director of operations at the Saskatoon Food Bank, said the donation will help feed people in different ways.

“The reason that we like it is not only is it a good source of protein but because it can be put into recipes that can really stretch so soups and stews and that kind of thing that can really help sustain families,” Hamp said.

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More than 21,000 people access the food bank each month.

Almost half of those are children and officials say there is about a 17 per cent increase in their numbers year-over-year.

Meaghan Craig contributed to this story

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