Business students to partner with Hunters for the Hungry

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Three juniors in the Neeley School of Business’s BNSF Next Generation Leadership Program are parenting with Hunters for the Hungry (HFTH) to enlighten students about how hunting can help local families.

Hunters for the Hungry is a national organization that works with hunters who want to donate excess venison to food banks. The organization at TCU will not only be donating venison but all types of game that are brought to them. 

“HFTH is a national organization, but this is the first time it is being brought to a university campus and being promoted to students,” said Molina. “We want to bring in people from all different backgrounds, perspectives and mindsets and see what they can bring to this organization.”

Anthony Molina, Robbie Blair and Chris Hiemenz are the business majors in Next Gen that are working on developing a student organization affiliated with Hunters for the Hungry. Their plan is to take excess game meat such as, fish, deer and birds and donate it to local food banks

Food banks number one request is for protein but it is the most expensive and most difficult food item to acquire, said Molina.

“There is a need for the killing of a certain amount of animals to keep a balanced eco system,” said Molina. “We are hoping people will want to donate their extra game for a good cause.”

The students are teaming up with the environmental science department and the accounting department to gain multiple perspectives on how to give back to the community in the most efficient and beneficial way. 

They also are in the process of gaining sponsors from larger chain hunting stores like Academy and local hunting stores around the Metroplex.

Molina said that one in five families in Texas struggle to put enough food on the table and that was the driving factor in their decision to partner with Hunters for the Hungry. He said since the program’s inception over 20 years ago, it has provided over two million pounds of meat to Texans.

Some self-proclaimed hunting enthusiasts students are saying the idea behind the partnership may have great merit.

“I think the idea of donating the left over meat to families and food banks in need is not only a great idea but a beautiful way to help out the environment along with it,” said Julia Sebesta, senior speech language pathology major.

Kassie Dyakon, a senior entrepreneurial management major said that she agreed. 

“I have never been big on the idea of hunting, but the idea of donating to local food banks and community families is something I hold very dear to me,” said Dyakon. “I would join this organization to be able to see the benefits that our donations are making on other peoples lives.”

Molina said he hopes to get an information tent set up on campus in the next two weeks. 

At the tent will be pamphlets about the national organization and also brochures about how TCU’s partnership with HFTH. Specifically what TCU is doing to make a difference, and ways in which TCU students can get involved and give back to the community.

“If you make it easy, they will come,” said Molina. “Our goal is to feed people, and we want to make it as simple as a process as possible.”