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Hunters help homeless with donations

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A Polk County couple has come up with a wild idea to help the less fortunate. Caitlin Meadows and her hunter husband Chad just formed the Wild Game Food Bank.

Right now, donations of wild turkey, venison, boar, even frog legs, are going to the Mission in Winter Haven.

Its executive pastor, David Berry, Jr., couldn't be happier.

"It was just like WOW! What great timing. We were having a hard time finding meat sources, and when we did, the cost was just beyond what we could do," Pastor Berry said,

The idea of the food bank came to the Meadows because of their own ongoing personal dilemma.

"Every hunting season, every deer season, we would end up giving meat away, but we would know a lot was going to waste," Caitlin said. "We always said, what could we do?"

So they formed the food bank and began giving the Mission their excess meat. Soon, others followed in their tracks. Since the food bank was formed late last year, it has brought more than 1,200 pounds of meat to the Mission.

That's enough so that the Mission doesn't have to buy meat anymore. As a result, it is saving about $200 a week. The organization is not complaining about that.

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