Pantry benefits from hunters’ generosity 1/20/2015

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pantry benefits from hunters’ generosity

By Rupert Howell
Deer hunters can still take their cull or unwanted deer to Pitcock’s Meat for processing for the Panola County Food Pantry with absolutely no cost to the hunter.

For the past several years sports-minded donors have provided funds that will allow hunters to take their deer to the processor who prepares the venison for delivery to Panola County Food Pantry.

“Save the Herd” is the name adopted for the local drive that attempts to allow sportsmen to continue to hunt and share their bounty with persons or families in need.

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The venison is always a welcome addition to the food selection according to Marie Leland who manages Panola County Food Pantry located on Van Voris Street in Batesville. Once the deer is dropped off and processed, a volunteer will deliver it to the Pantry. Pitcock’s Meat is located on Liberty Hill Road between Pope-Water Valley and Eureka Roads east of Batesville and Pope.
Hunting Clubs, farmers, property owners and gardeners alike have had problems in recent years with the over abundance of deer in the area. Save the Herd offers a practical solution for these problem deer.

Cash donations are also accepted by the organization and those wishing to donate to the cause may contact Adrian Smith at (662) 563-9311, ext. 1304.