ALBANY — A program that provides locally-sourced meat to seniors and veterans dealing with food insecurity in Fulton and Montgomery counties has been launched in time for the holiday season.
The Venison for Veterans and Seniors Program is asking local hunters to donate venison to the initiative in order to help feed those in need of assistance.
The program is a partnership between the two counties, local hunters, businesses and fish and game clubs.
Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM–Meco) said he is urging local hunters to donate meat to the program during the holiday season.
“This time of year is particularly difficult for many, especially our brave veterans and those senior citizens who sometimes lack a strong support system or struggle with food insecurity,” he noted in a statement. “The Venison for Veterans and Seniors Program is our way of giving back and taking care of our local heroes who protected us in the armed forces. It’s a public-private partnership that benefits so many. I’m asking all our area hunters to consider making a small donation this year. Your generosity and kindness are invaluable and greatly appreciated.”
Donations of unprocessed deer can be brought to Rick Dickinson at 121 Brower Road in Mayfield. Those interested in donating are asked to make an appointment at (518) 866-4880 before dropping off the deer meat.
Processed and packaged venison may be dropped off at Kingsboro Lumber Company at 22 Gregory St. in Gloversville during their normal business hours from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.