Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to conserving the state’s wildlife and natural resources, announced that McKenzie High School was the Region 1 champion. This means the students in the Hunger Challenge Club raised more money, volunteered more hours and donated more deer to Hunters for the Hungry than the other schools in the region.
Hunger Challenge is an initiative of the Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program, which connects food banks and soup kitchens with caring deer hunters. Tennessee Wildlife Federation provides funding to wild game processors across the state who then receive donated venison from hunters, process the meat and make it available to local food assistance programs. Since its establishment in 1998, more than 6 million servings of venison have been donated.
They were also awarded the Statewide Top School Harvester Award for donating 26 deer—approximately 4,212 servings of venison––more than any other school in Tennessee.
“The Hunger Challenge is just one example of how Tennessee Wildlife Federation is constantly working to engage youth in the outdoors,” said Matt Simcox, Hunters for the Hungry manager.