infuriating nonsense:

having served in a number of homeless facilities over the years, i have always been aghast at the quality of food at their disposal. at a mission in chattanooga, tennessee where i served during the spring break of my senior year in college, the homeless were routinely given at least one moon pie per meal in addition to a cup of fruit swimming in high fructose corn syrup.

now, any food donations for the seriously hungry and under-served are generous and helpful. i’m not saying that shelters and missions should be ungrateful for the food that companies donate, even if what is donated shouldn’t necessarily be called food {moon pie ingredients include: enriched wheat flour, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, defatted soy flour, soybean oil, dutched cocoa, cocoa, gelatin, baking soda, soy lecithin, salt, artificial flavoring, and sodium sulfite. do you recognize any of those ingredients as food? i didn’t think so.}

HOWEVER. in light of the fact that shelf-stable “food” products comprise the bulk of donations to homeless shelters and missions, you would think that said establishments would be elated to receive donations of real food with which they could provide actual nourishment to patrons as opposed to the building blocks of debilitating health conditions for people already plagued, in most cases, by severe mental illness.

unfortunately, that is not the case in many areas.

an organization that sounds like it makes quite a bit of sense, called hunters for the hungry, essentially solves two problems at once: 1) the issue of deer overpopulation and its detrimental effects on the ecosystem as a whole and 2) hungry and/or homeless people who do not have access to adequate nutrition/protein sources. it is a common sense solution with a dual purpose and its founders should be applauded for their ingenuity.

venison is and always has been a perfectly acceptable, nutritious source of protein more than suitable for human consumption. i have eaten venison on a number of occasions, and i have quite a few friends who hunt and consume it on a regular basis as a cheap yet tasty meat.

why, then, are certain idiotic bureaucrats demanding it be destroyed and deem bulk donations of it unsuitable for human consumption? is it rancid? no. is it from sickened, factory-farmed deer? obviously not. is it from deer force-fed grains in order to plump them up and who are then given massive amounts of antibiotics to treat the problems created by eating foods that they are incapable of properly digesting? heck no.

yes. according to the fools in the article linked here, venison is less suitable for human consumption than moon pies, shelf-stable food “product” packaged in bpa-laden cans, and meat from what i am absolutely positive are not grass-fed or pastured animals.

the privately funded mission mentioned in the story is being forced to dump nearly 2k pounds of venison straight into the trash. nearly 2k pounds of perfectly good, nutritious protein just wasted.

please read the full story here.

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