Successful Hunting Season? You be the Judge.

So, I was reading a recent post from the Trophy Taker Outdoors Radio Show on how you gauge a successful hunting season. Having fun and making memories is great but it got me thinking, around here I gauge it by pounds of meat harvested. So, I’ve calculated the donations from the last few weeks and have updated our numbers. So far this season to date, we have coordinated 928 lbs of wild game meat to soup kitchens and food pantries that feed our neighbors in need.

928 lbs of Meat Creates about 2,475 Servings

And the season isn’t over yet! It may have wrapped up in most parts of the State but Zone B (and Zone D) are open until February 22nd. So check the zone maps if you need to, plan a hunt, checkout the management areas, and if you have a successful hunt – give us a call to make your donation!

p.s. You can view our Processing page to find the processor/drop-off nearest you!

Caitlin

Caitlin Meadows
WGFB President

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Dec 5th & 6th Orange Blossom Revue: To Benefit Wild Game Food Bank

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The Orange Blossom Revue is December 5-6, 2014 in Lake Wales, FL. This BBQ competition and festival will benefit Wild Game Food Bank.

Please mark your calendars to attend and support Wild Game Food Bank! Enjoy craft beer from Florida Brewery Cigar City Brewing, the Florida Tastemaker’s Marketplace that features Florida based artisans and craftsmen that we’re proud to call fellow Southerners.

The Orange Blossom Revue will take place December 5th & 6th in Lake Wales, Florida to benefit Wild Game Food Bank as well as other great community organizations.

Meat Drop-Off Locations

Are you a Hunter Looking to Get Involved?

Check Out the Wild Game Food Bank Drop-Off Location Near You

Wild Game Food Bank coordinates the donation and processing of wild game harvests to food pantries and soup kitchens that feed our neighbors. We professionally process wild game harvests to obtain the highest percentage of meat per animal. When professionally cleaned we typically get ground burger or sausage. This allows the meat to have the most versatility with dishes when prepared and served.

See below to find a drop-off/processor near you. Interested in helping us start a new Outfit? Give us a call 863-845-6562. We would love to speak with you if you are a hunter or meat processor and think a Wild Game Food Bank Outfit could benefit your community. 

Different Processors have different needs. Hillsborough & DeSoto County can receive whole harvests. Please get in touch with us regarding the typical donation procedures in your area.

DeSoto County (can accept whole harvests)
Fussell’s Meat Market
Location: 2039 SE Carlstrom Field Road, Arcadia, FL 34266
Phone: (863) 494-2112

Hillsborough County (can accept whole harvests)
Al’s Wild Meat Processing
Location:10010 Simmons Ranch Ct, Riverview, FL 33578
Phone: (813) 299-6153
Call ahead to coordinate your drop-off

Lake/Sumter County
Baker’s Custom Meats
Location:12287 CR 223 (Off Hwy 466)
Phone: (352) 748-3317
Call ahead to coordinate your drop-off

Polk County
Chop N Block
Location:Cypress Gardens Rd., Winter Haven, FL 33884
Hours (Fall-Spring): 7 am – 8 pm
(During the off-season call ahead & we’ll make sure someone is available to meet you)
Phone: (863) 662-1007

To Learn more about Wild Game Food Bank visit our website www.wildgamefoodbank.com. Be sure to visit our Benefiting Organization page to learn about the great soup kitchens and food pantries that receive our donations.

December 5th & 6th

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 Orange Blossom Revue

A Fundraiser for Wild Game Food Bank

The first weekend in December, the shores of Lake Wailes will be filled with the sweet smell of barbecue! The first ever Orange Blossom Revue will feature Friday night’s “Moonlight Serenade” BBQ kickoff party, a Florida BBQ Association sanctioned barbecue competition all day Saturday, the Florida Tastemaker’s Marketplace with artisans and vendors from across the state.  Friday and Saturday will feature live music from local and national talent and feature a special guest appearance by John Carter Cash (Sonof Johnny & June Carter Cash).

Want to compete? Sign up your Pro or Backyard Team Today. Click Here!

Want to volunteer with WGFB behind the scenes? Email us wildgamefoodbank@gmail.com 

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Last Month’s Inaugural Hunger Shootout was a Success

POLK COUNTY FARM BUREAU SPORTING CLAYS TOURNAMENT RAISED FUNDS FOR 20,000 MEALS AND COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

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BARTOW, FLA. Polk County Farm Bureau (PCFB) recently hosted the Hunger Shootout Saturday, September 13, 2014 at FishHawk Sporting Clays in Lithia, Fla. to benefit the Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Scholarship Fund and Wild Game Food Bank (WGFB). The Hunger Shootout sporting clay tournament raised enough funds for WGFB to process meat for approximately 20,000 meals and funds to award multiple scholarships to deserving high school students who are pursuing a career in agriculture.

“The Hunger Shootout was a great success as a fundraiser, and an even greater success as an opportunity for members of the agriculture industry and our community from around the county to come together and enjoy a beautiful summer morning, “ said MJ Carnevale, YF&R Chairman. “YF&R Thanks WGFB for all their hard work in setting up this event and looks forward to making it an annual tradition.”

PCFB and WGFB intend to team up again next year to make the Hunger Shootout an annual event.

We’re thrilled to be apart of this great event, said Caitlin Meadows, WGFB President. We are grateful for PCFB, and for the teams and sponsors that participated.

WGFB is the PCFB Womens Committee charity of choice. This honorable organization coordinates wild game donations to help feed members of the community in Polk, Hillsborough, and Lake Counties. To learn more about this organization visit www.wildgamefoodbank.com.

Founded in 1942, Polk County Farm Bureau represents more than 4,400 member families and is directed by a 25-member board of farmers, growers and ranchers. The organization works with educators, government officials and opinion leaders to enhance and protect the viability of agriculture in Polk County. For more information contact Carole McKenzie at carolem@pcfb.org or (863) 533-0561.

Fall is Upon Us i.e. It’s Our Birthday!

The Fall is an exciting time of year for our family. It means football, bonfire dreaming, and the start of hunting season. Around our house we run on season years and so does Wild Game Food Bank. The anticipation of a new hunting season brings much excitement, and this Fall is especially dear to us since it’s the start of our second season.

This month marked the one-year anniversary of Wild Game Food Bank, and a busy year it’s been! 

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We started out working under the support of a fund setup by The Mission of Winter Haven. They had faith in Wild Game Food Bank, and we’re very grateful for this incredible organization. Since this time we’ve done a lot to get started. And by getting started I mean coordinating hunter harvests that totaled 5,175 meat servings, and branching out into two additional Counties!

In the first year, Wild Game Food Bank raised 5,175 meat servings for neighbors in need.

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Just this month we even secured a DeSoto County processor that will accept and process meat from hunters in that area, we participated in the Polk County Farm Bureau’s Hunger Shootout sporting clays tournament  (more to come on that!), and we also finalized our Articles of Incorporation. It’s been a wonderful year, and we know it’s because there is a need in our community that we’re helping to meet. We also know that our Faith and community have chosen to support us, and for that we are beyond grateful.

So, as we move into our second season, we ask that you keep us in mind.

Become a Hunter on a Mission.

Turn your passion for hunting into a passion for serving others.

Happy Hunting & Happy Birthday to Wild Game Food Bank!

Many Blessings,
Caitlin

Caitlin Meadows
WGFB President

The Meadows Family: Wild Game Food Bank

 

In The Field Magazine Cover Story

September 2014 Issue

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When Melissa Nichols, a photographer and writer for In The Field Magazine, called earlier in the year to learn more about Wild Game Food Bank I was honored and excited about the opportunity to tell our community about Wild Game Food Bank’s mission. She and I talked on and off throughout the summer and decided that with the kick-off of hunting season, September was the perfect time to highlight Wild Game Food Bank. We’re very appreciative of the support.

View the Online Cover Story Here

View the Print Story Here

So, with the start of hunting season, pick up a copy of In The Field Magazine and keep us in mind if you find yourself blessed with too many harvests this season.

Happy Hunting,
Caitlin

Caitlin Meadows
President
Wild Game Food Bank

Wide Open Spaces

WideOpenSpaces.com Tells Folks How to Donate

It’s so exciting to see publications as well as the online community support Wild Game Food Bank! Will Palmer with www.wideopenspaces.com contacted us a few weeks ago after hearing about us on Trophy Taker Outdoors Radio Show on 102.5. The radio show is a Saturday morning program that talks about hunting and fishing, and they’re big supporters of WGFB. Will is a contributing writer to the website and lives in Central Florida. We’re thankful for his support!

You can read his WGFB write-up and other great hunting articles by following the link below. 

Wild Game Food Bank: Hunters Helping the Hungry in Florida

 

Meat Acceptance Procedures

How Hunters Can Donate Wild Game Harvests

Many hunters spend time in the woods for recreation, food for their table, or implementing nuisance control. Please call us when you anticipate, or find yourself, with wild game that you don’t have a use for. We will coordinate the meat processing and distribution to soup kitchens and food pantries that feed members of our community in need.

We Accept:

  • Deer Meat
  • Exotic Game Meat
  • Hog Meat
  • Fish (Polk County)
  • Processed & Packaged Donations (Drop-off at the Benefiting Org in your area.)

WGFB Outfits have varying drop-off procedures. Below is an outline of how to donate meat in your area.

Polk County
Chop-N-Block on Cypress Gardens Road in Winter Haven can accept field-dressed and skinned harvest donations. During Fall-Spring Chop-N-Block’s hours are 7 am – 8 pm. During the summer season (and until they get ramped up in the Fall) they are in the shop as needed. So, please call ahead to ensure someone is available to meet you.

If you have a whole harvest but aren’t able to field dress it, please contact us. We can typically coordinate a volunteer to assist with this. We don’t want a good harvest to go to waste.

Click here for directions to Chop N’ Block.

Hillsborough County
Whole harvests, field dressed harvests, or quartered meat can be taken to Al’s Wild Meat Processing in Riverview. The Owner & Operator Allan Hogan is a Firefighter, so there are times during the off-season that the shop is closed. Call us to coordinate your drop-off.

Click here for directions to Al’s Wild Meat Processing.

Lake/Sumter County
Field dressed and skinned harvests or quartered meat can be taken to Baker’s Custom Meats in Oxford.

Click here for directions to Baker’s Custom Meats.


Note: WGFB accepts chilled meat and properly handled meat donations in good faith. If WGFB and/or the designated meat processor has a concern regarding the safety and handling of the meat, we will dispose of that donation. For information regarding proper wild game handling procedures please click here.


Other Resources: 

How to Field Dress & Skin a Deer

How to Field Dress & Skin a Hog

Feral Hogs: Species Details & Proper Handling

Cleaning & Meat Safety Tips