Food banks facing shortages are welcoming game meat from hunters. Using the meat isn’t new, but this year the need is greater, as charities report more clients and reductions in their supplies, reports AP. One food bank in Montana received 7,500 pounds of game in 2006 and nearly as much this year. That figure included six elk killed illegally and confiscated by game officers.
"High-protein foods are the hardest foods for our food banks to come by," said one administrator. Donated game must be from a legal hunt, no money can change hands, and the game ends up as ground meat. "We can't really give steaks to one family and ribs to someone else," noted a food-bank manager.