Sportsmen Against Hunger
The North Dakota’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program is again accepting donations of goose meat taken during the early Canada goose season!
Much like the popular SAH deer donation program, hunters can bring in their goose meat to participating processors. However, hunters must remove the breast meat from the birds before processors can accept them.
Hunters can clean their geese at home prior to delivery to a processor, but breast meat brought from home without a wing or head attached to the meat, must be accompanied by written information that includes the hunter’s name, address, signature, hunting license number, date taken and species and number taken.
Hunters may also deliver geese directly from the field to a processor, but identification must remain attached to the bird until in possession of the processor.
Since no goose carcasses or feathers are allowed inside processing plants, hunters must be able to ensure proper disposal and clean-up of carcasses.
NDCAP has a number of locations across the state that will handle goose donations. The entire project is part of our efforts to serve low-income families across the state. We found out last year that goose meat is very popular with our clients, so we’re hoping hunters will again be willing to share some of their birds.
Hunters interested in donating are encouraged to call processors before dropping off geese, to have a clear understanding of how goose breasts will be accepted and the processor’s hours of operation.
In 2004, the North Dakota Community Action Partnership initiated a statewide public education campaign to encourage local community sporting groups to develop a venison donation program. This campaign began after completion of statewide needs assessments which indicated that hunger, or not enough food to feed themselves and their families, was the biggest need demonstrated by low-income people.
Community Action Agencies are enthusiastic about the future of the SAH program and are eager to continue to work with clubs and hunters across North Dakota to expand the program and to be able to help provide a very lean quality protein source to individuals and families across the state that are struggling to meet their daily food needs.
For more information about the Sportsmen Against Hunger program, call NDCAP at 701-232-2452 or 800-726-7960.