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Annual Hunters for the Hungry held today

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Sep 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 07:03:59-04

The Refinery Mission's annual Hunters for the Hungry food drive was held Sunday.

Local sportsmen and their families are encouraged to "clean out your freezers" and donate frozen processed game and fish from the 2018 season.

Collection sites were set up throughout Lafayette and other neighboring communities.

All donations will be used to feed the needy through The Refinery Mission's shelters and programs.

The Center's mission is to assist needy members of our community to become self-sufficient.

Last year's drive collected more than 8,000 lbs. of food which provided 25,000 meals to the impoverished and homeless in the greater Lafayette community, organizers say.

Johnny Carriere, executive director of the Center, said the event started 10 years ago.

"This is a big deal. It helps a lot of people. We've been doing this for nine years. Mr. Bob Giles started this a decade ago," he explained. "It benefits not only Lafayette, but also the surrounding areas of Acadiana."

Carriere says he never gets tired of it.

"My favorite part is seeing the heart of Acadiana. These people are generous. They come out and bring us some of the best meat you can imagine," he said. "That generosity is what makes this community great."