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Needy and veterans to benefit from Shawnee Mission Park deer harvest
POSTED: 10/15/2009
 
The processed meat will be donated to Harvesters for distribution to the hungry and the hides will be donated to a program benefiting hospitalized and wheelchair-bound veterans.

The harvest is being conducted by law enforcement sharpshooters and may continue through Nov. 30. The harvested deer will be sent to one or more USDA-approved and inspected meat processing facilities. Each deer will be examined and tested to ensure that only meat from healthy deer is distributed for consumption.

Harvesters will make the donated venison available to its network of agencies, which serve more than 60,000 hungry people every week. The food bank has more than 550 agencies in a 26-county area, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons. The donation from the Shawnee Mission Park deer harvest is expected to provide thousands of meals for the hungry throughout the region.

The Veterans Leather Program is administered by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Through the Elk’s Metro West District the hides will be tanned and distributed for recreational and occupational therapy throughout the Veterans Administration health-care system. Some of the tanned leather will also be cut and sewn into specially designed fingerless gloves, which are furnished to veterans confined to wheelchairs.

For more information on the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s deer management program, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com.

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