Kuster: Reward hunters who donate to food banks

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster says hunters who donate wild game to food banks should be eligible for a tax deduction to cover the costs of processing.

The bill she’s introduced with Congressman Don Young of Alaska also would provide tax credits for processors who take part in charitable donation programs, and protect against the use of spoiled meat for charitable donations. A similar bill was introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York earlier this year.

Currently, New Hampshire hunters who donate wild game to the New Hampshire Food Bank can have their meat processed for free at Lemay & Sons Beef in Goffstown. However, hunters who can’t travel all the way to Goffstown, like some of those who live in the North Country, or those who have their meat processed out of state don’t have that option.

New Hampshire hunters have donated game meat through the New Hampshire Food Bank’s “Hunt for the Hungry” program, which distributes donated game to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters across the Granite State. Last year, the program distributed 1,700 pounds of donated game meat to individuals and families in need.

“Over the years the hunters of New Hampshire have been very supportive of the Hunt for the Hungry program, which is a great way to get protein rich foods to those in need,” said Bruce Wilson, director of operations for the New Hampshire Food Bank. “We will continue to support efforts to reduce hunger and this is truly one of those.”

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