Northern Illinois Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry
The Northern Illinois Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry (NIFHFH) has been awarded a grant of $3,000 by the Community Arts & Humanities Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, chapter coordinator Todd McLester said. According to McLester, the grant will be used to expand the NIFHFH venison donation program to cover a 21-county area of northern Illinois and Rock County, Wisconsin.
Our agency coordinated the donation of approximately 1,700 pounds of venison from hunters during the 2001-02 hunting season, McLester said. The grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will give us additional resources to help quadruple our coverage area and number of participating hunters and deer processors for the 2002-03 season.
Northern Illinois Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry was formed in October 2001 by a group of Rockford police officers and is an affiliate chapter of the national FHFH organization. Hunters can donate deer through participating processors at no cost to them. NIFHFH pays for processing of the deer, then delivers the venison to the Hunger Connection for distribution to their 200 plus member agencies.
All money used by NIFHFH is raised locally.The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is a not-for-profit community foundation that supports charitable programs in the four-county area of northern Illinois comprising Winnebago, Boone, Ogle and Stephenson counties. Since its founding in 1953, the Foundation has given nearly $17 million in grants to community projects and organizations.