WASHINGTON — A record number of Americans are receiving food stamps to help feed their families and food banks report they don’t have enough in their pantries to fill in the gaps prompting some members of Congress to tap yet another resource, wild game hunters.
Rep. Don Young, Alaska Republican, and Democrat Rep. Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire are circulating a letter on Capitol Hill urging their colleagues to support the Wild Game Donation Act that would give hunters a tax break for donating meat to food pantries.
“Hunger is a chronic problem in America,” the lawmakers said.
“Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is very different,” the lawmakers said.
Nearly 16 million children in the U.S. don’t have enough food to eat, and an estimated three million rural households also struggle to put meals on the table.
Meanwhile, food banks last year fed 37 million, an increase of 46 percent since 2006, the lawmaker said.
“Currently, food banks all across the nation are struggling to keep up with the increasing demand for food,” the lawmakers said.
“Hunters across the U.S are ready to do their part and donate their wild game meat to help feed the hungry,” the lawmakers said.
The Wild Game Donation Act would give hunters who donate their meat to food-based charities a tax credit to cover the processing of the meat, and also give tax credits to those helping hunters process the game.