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For Louis Takacs, owner of Takacs Grocery and Meats in East Toledo, becoming involved with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) six years ago was a no-brainer.

“We are proud to be a part of the donation program,” Takacs said. “We know it is good for our community. People are getting fed. You just have a good feeling and you have a real feeling of accomplishment.”

Established in 1997, FHFH enables hunters and farmers in states across the country to provide nutritious meat to feed the hungry of their communities.

Farmers and hunters are invited to donate their deer, other big game or livestock to inspected, approved meat processors that participate with FHFH.

The cost of processing, packaging and freezing the meat is covered by donations from individuals, church organizations and businesses. The meat is then given to community agencies that help to feed the hungry.

“When hunters bring their deer here it stays here in the area,” Takacs said. “The donations stay in this community. We work with Helping Hands of St. Louis.”

Once a deer is signed over for donation, Takacs grinds the meat into ground meat and then packages it for use.

“The meat is ground so it can be spread further,” he said. “When we first started out with FHFH, we did maybe two or three deer. Now we process 25 to 30 deer. Very few places are involved with this, but it is a good program because it is helping to feed people. We do it at cost. We do not make money on it, but we know it is important to help our community. It is important for us to do the right thing for this area.”

Takacs also processes venison for many hunters in the area for their own, personal use. The season is in full swing and lasts until early February. He processes about 800 deer per season, he said. Much of the meat is made into ground meats, steaks, roasts, summer sausage, Landjaegers, and jerky, he said.

Unfortunately, for non-hunters, the venison is not available in the store.

“It cannot be sold to the consumer because it is a wild, un-inspected animal,” he said. “You can order venison through some stores, but it will cost you around $40 per pound.”

Takacs does sell fresh Amish turkeys and Daisyfield hams for the holidays.

“The Amish turkeys are great,” Takacs said. “They are fresh and they have not been injected with hormones or anything else.”

The store also carries Hungarian sausage, snack sticks, jerky, imported Hungarian products and Hungarian baked goods for the holidays.

Takacs said he is hoping to help more people with donated venison than he did last year.

“The FHFH is a great program and we need to get the word out to more people,” he said. “The donation is also tax deductible. If there are hunters out there that have filled their freezers and still have tags, keep filling those tags and bring the deer in for donation. It is for a good cause and you will feel awesome doing it.”

Takacs is located at 1956 Genesee St. For more information on the store and the FHFH program, call 419-693-9233.

 

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