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South Dakota Hunters help the hungry

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Cutting Edge Meat Market has been in business for more than a decade. "Fifteen years ago my husband says well we're going to turn half the garage into a meat shop and I didn't know anything at that time so I thought he was crazy," said Owner Becky Goosen with a laugh. "Now we own two."

And during hunting season, business is booming. "This time of year you almost have to hire on or you got to work double the hours; putting in 60, 70 hours a week instead of like 40," said Owner Robert Goosen.

"We make our money for the year, October, November, December," said Becky.

Hunting season may boost business for the Goosen's, but there are other families that benefit from it too. "There's a lot of needy people that we give product to," said Robert.

The Cutting Edge Meat Market partners with Sportsmen Against Hunger. "The number one purpose of Sportsmen Against Hunger is to feed those in need," said Chairmen of the organization Jeff Olson. "We have a huge hunger problem in South Dakota in this area."

Every year thousands of pounds of wild game meat is donated to the organization. "Our record year was two year ago," said Olson. "We took in 100,000 pounds across the state of South Dakota which was just awesome that translates into 400,000 meals just in South Dakota."

Olson says the number of deer in the area is down slightly this year, but the need for food isn't. "You know 100,000 pounds is great, but they could take 400,000 pounds," said Olson.

But year after year during hunting season, hunters and businesses continue to donate both meat and money to help feed the hungry. Olson says one of their bigger partner organizations is feeding South Dakota.

Feeding South Dakota operates three food banks in the state and they distribute the meat to nearly 500 different organizations.

 

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