Second Annual Shooting Hunger Raises $65,000 for Food Banks
BY JOEL WASHBURN
HUNTINGDON (June 7) — A highly successfully Shooting Hunger event at the Carroll County Sports Shooting Park on Thursday will help feed over 243,000 meals throughout West Tennessee. Tosh Farms, Tyson Foods, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative, Farm Credit Mid-America were the main sponsors plus Ford Motor Company that revealed its new Ranger and Mustang automobiles.
A total of 63 five-person shooting teams participated in the event, up from 48 last year, said Kenny McBride, one of the organizers for the event. He and Lance Rider, and Bill Lane, shooting park manager, were credited for helping plan the event. The second annual event raised $65,000 to date.
Estella Mayhue Greer of the Mid-South Food Bank of Memphis, serving 12 west Tennessee counties, and Jaynee Day of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, serving nine counties in West Tennessee, were very pleased with the event.
Mid-South serves some 200,000 people. One in five children has food insecurity, especially when school is not in session during the summer when a daily hot meal is not available. Forty percent of adults receiving food support are working adults.
Jaynee Day said some recipients are working two or three jobs and still need support to feed their families. All five of the state’s food banks work cooperatively to assure food is distributed throughout the state. It takes donations from individuals, retail grocery stores, farmers, and pick and pack operations to provide food for the food needy. They provided canned food, fresh meats, and fresh produce.
Estella Greer said the donations help keep the food out of the landfills and in hungry bellies.
Randy Boyd, a Republican candidate for governor, said he was excited to participate in the event and to see the great success of the fund-raiser. Boyd said, when he served as commissioner of Economic and Community Development, he helped secure several grants for the park. Boyd, Sheriff Monte Belew of Henry County, Doug Muench of Henry County were three of five who formed a team and shot a round of 50 clay targets.
Tyson Foods provided 600 chicken quarters for hungry attendees, and Tosh Farms of Henry provided $10,000 toward the event.
Peppers Ford of McKenzie offered free test rides in a new truck. With each test ride, Ford Motor Company donated to the two food banks benefiting from the event.