Rep. John Cyrier Encourages Texans to Support Hunters for the Hungry
Texas hunting licenses for the 2017-2018 sporting year go on sale statewide on August 15, 2017.
When purchasing a new hunting license, Texas hunters will have the opportunity to make a donation to Hunters for the Hungry. This program allows hunters to donate legally-tagged and field dressed deer to hunger relief programs to help feed Texans in need.
Hunters can donate their deer through any participating meat processor, which will process the meat for a nominal fee. Meat is then distributed to Texans in need through participating hunger relief agencies.
In 2015, Rep. John Cyrier sponsored and passed legislation that allows hunters to donate to the program when purchasing their hunting license.
During the legislation’s inaugural year, Hunters for the Hungry collected more than $88,000 in donations from hunters to offset deer processing fees for nearly 50,000 pounds of venison. Program directors anticipate that number to rise significantly this year.
An avid hunter who also served five years on the board of directors for the Central Texas Food Bank, Cyrier also passed HR 227 through the Texas House with unanimous support on August 7, 2017, to raise awareness of the program’s importance and success, and encourage Texans to participate in the program.
“Hunters for the Hungry helps Texas hunters manage the deer population while also providing a muchneeded source of lean protein to our neighbors in need. Statistics tell us that one-in-six Texas families struggle with food insecurity. By donating to Hunters for the Hungry when you purchase your hunting license, you will directly impact the lives of Texas children, seniors, and families in need,” said Rep. Cyrier.
Hunters for the Hungry is a program of Feeding Texas, formerly the Texas Food Bank Network. Since its inception, Hunters for the Hungry has provided more than 9 million servings of venison to Texans in need through hunger relief organizations. Feeding Texas is a statewide nonprofit organization that supports a network of Texas food banks and community-based solutions to hunger needs.
For more information or to join the list of participating meat processors, visit http://www.feedingtexas.org.
Rep. John Cyrier (R-Lockhart) is serving his second term representing District 17 in the Texas House of Representatives. He serves on the Agriculture and Livestock, Environmental Regulation, and House Administration Committees, and is CEO of a Texas-based commercial construction company.