Hunters were asked to clean out their freezers Saturday, but not to throw away the food.
The 20th annual 'Sportsmen Against Hunger' event took place in Rapid City at three Family Thrift stores from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Three other drives also happened Saturday across South Dakota.
The goal was to get hunters to donate extra game taking up space in their freezer. The collected meat, and frozen vegetables or any other non–perishable items, were then donated to Feeding South Dakota and the Cornerstone Mission.
Jeff Olson, co–founder of the program, says they collect an average of 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of meat, but this year so far is less than 1,000 pounds.
He adds food banks really need the donations. "Our record year we collected 100,000 pounds in one year, and they could have taken 200,000 pounds, so it's to feed the needy in South Dakota- and there's a huge need," said Olson.
Over the past 20 years, the Sportsmen Against Hunger program has provided more than 700,000 pounds of game to needy families in South Dakota.