The local ministry Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry is hosting a quilt auction to raise the funds needed for meat processing fees.
When deer season kicked off in September, the ministry began working in coordination with the Bloomfield Processing Plant to have donated animals processed and sent to local food pantries.
FHFH County Coordinator Brady Miller said any surplus venison can be donated to the processing plant, and the ministry will cover the processing fee, stressing Bloomfield Processing is their official partner.
"If we didn't have someone like them (Bloomfield Processing) we wouldn't be able to do it anyway. It (deer meat) has to go through licensed, insured and inspected processor," Miller said previously.
Miller noted the ministry just expanded their donations to beef and hogs.
"We are just trying to get as much meat out to the pantries as possible," Miller said.
In order to continue having the meats processed and sent to the local food pantries and shelters, the ministry will be auctioning off a quilt at www.eBay.com.
The quilt was donated by the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Purposefully Living Units Serve (PLUS) program.
"These quilts were handmade by men in the P.L.U.S. (Purposeful Living Units Serve) Program at the maximum security Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle, Ind. PLUS is a faith and character based re-entry program which offers offenders an opportunity to choose alternatives to their previous behavior through an emphasis on spiritual, moral, and character development," according to a press release provided by Miller.
The queen-size quilt shows outdoor and wild-life themed scenes, including geese, quail, turkeys and fishing gear.
The program has continued to be successful this year, and Miller said the ministry has hopes the numbers will continue to increase.
"So far during our 2012 Greene County Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry deer drive we have been able to process 49 deer and have distributed 2,000 pounds of venison to 10 different food pantries and feeding missions around the county. We have also been able to distribute some beef and pork that we've had processed and will continue to do that if any farmers would like to donate. We still have about a month of deer season left, including a special antlerless deer firearms season which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6. We hope to still take in several more deer and would encourage anyone to donate a deer if able and help to feed the hungry here in Greene County. Also a reminder that anyone who donates a deer is entered into a drawing for a tree stand which will be given away after the deer season closes," Miller said.
The eBay auction is available through Dec. 12. In order to bid on the item visit http://r.ebay.com/ENzXfb or search for "FHFH Fundraiser".