Hunt.Fish.Feed program provides venison dinner for 500 Utah homeless

Photo credit: Alex Goodlett, Deseret News

This week, Outdoor Sportsman Group chef Scott Leysath donated time to a good cause: feeding homeless and hungry Utahns at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah. The menu? Black beans, Spanish rice, green salad, fresh fruit, punch and venison tacos, which were prepared by Leysath using 175 pounds of venison donated by local hunters through the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF), the Deseret News reports.

The meal, which Leysath called “the most rewarding thing I do all year,” fed more than 500 homeless Utahns; volunteers from Comcast and Camp Chef were on hand to serve and prepare the food.

“This is the 10th anniversary of the Hunt.Fish.Feed program with Sportsman Channel,” Leysath told the Deseret News. “Our goal is to bring attention to what’s going on with the homeless and hungry population.”

“All the meat was harvested locally,” Rob Weeks, chief of marketing and development with MDF, told the Deseret News. “People feel better about it, knowing it’s locally harvested, no steroids, no hormones, no antibiotics. It’s just God’s good, natural protein.”

This isn’t a single event. The Hunt.Fish.Feed organization plans to host dinners at homeless shelters in 15 cities this year using meat or fish that local hunters and anglers donate. Through this program, Tom Caraccioli, vice president of the Outdoor Sportsman Group, says that they’ve “provided more than 16,000 meals and more than 12,000 pounds of meat.”

“We feel that this is a way to call attention to the problem,” says Caraccioli, “and not only call attention to the problem, but help try to be a part of the solution.”


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