About 20 years ago, a group of Baton Rouge area folks decided it was time hunters stepped forward to show how involved they could become in our Capital City are communities.

There have been changes during the past two decades since Richard and Judy Campbell called friends and hunting buddies to form Hunters for the Hungry, and to list those founding members this many years later risks leaving out valuable contributors to one of our area’s most successful single endeavors to put wholesome protein on the tables of thousands who rely on the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for a meal.

Along the way, H4H has had to have help from the State Legislature to ward off the challenges from some who believe venison, ducks, geese, elk, rabbit and fish are tainted in some way because they come from hunters and fishermen, all the while ignoring that hunters and fishermen were ready to take this food from the freezers and provide a meal for their families. Now the donations are protected from those “do-no-gooders.”

Today, the Campbells still are involved, and others have stepped forward to take the reins, but the message has remained the same: Hunters who care, share.

And we’ve shared to the point where Sunday’s Clean Out Your Freezer Day will push this annual collection past the 200,000 pounds mark. Yep, that 100 tons of frozen game and fish sportsmen have taken from their larders for the Food Bank’s distribution to 125 soup kitchens and shelters in an 11-parish area.

From 1-4 p.m., volunteers will man 14 sites in six parishes and they will accept that turkey you never fixed last Easter or chickens and roasts and pork shoulders in addition to wild game and fish. You’ll receive a receipt for your possible tax-deductible donation.

Here are the sites:

  • In East Baton Rouge Parish: Alex Box Stadium parking lot at LSU; CCA-Louisiana office, 12241 Industriplex; Bowie Outfitters, 8630 Perkins Road; Baton Rouge Fire stations at 835 Sharp Road and 545 Lobdell Drive at Independence Park; Baker Fire Station, 3701 Groom Road; Central Fire Station, 11646 Sullivan Road; St. George Fire stations at 7027 Antioch Road and 16415 George O’Neal Lane; and, Zachary Fire Station, 4525 Main Street.
  • In Ascension Parish: Cabela’s, Interstate 10 at La. 30;
  • In Livingston Parish: Bass Pro Shops, Interstate 12 at Range Avenue;
  • In West Baton Rouge Parish: Spillway Sportsman, La. 1, Brusly;
  • In West Feliciana Parish: Feliciana Seafood & Deli/Exxon, U.S. 61 and Grace Episcopal Church, St. Francisville;
  • In East Feliciana Parish: Red Boot Deli, 12430 Saint Helena Street, Clinton.

And it doesn’t stop there. Hunters taking deer during the season can donate their venison to the cause, too. Call Amy Sellers at the Food Bank for all the details (225) 350-9940, Ext. 206.