Hunt for Hunger Strives to Help Local Community

Posted on 11/01/2018
Hunt for Hunger Strives to Help Local Community

No one likes going hungry, but it’s a harsh reality that some students live with on a regular basis. Not knowing where your next meal is coming from can put additional stress on any student. Programs like FHSD’s Lunch Heroes, Free and Reduced Meals, and Backpack programs can assist parents who need extra support, but sometimes that isn’t enough.

When David Neier, a student at Daniel Boone Elementary learned about the backpack program, he knew he could do more. “My mom said there are kids in your school that go hungry and people eat from a backpack,” said David. “That got me thinking and it really upset me.” It also inspired him to do more.

The Neier family are avid hunters and David aspires to be a conservationist when he grows up. David promised to donate his first deer of the season to local food pantries and convinced his grandfather to follow suit. After urging others in the community to do the same, Hunt for Hunger was born. “I started Hunt for Hunger for the local community,” said David. “You can donate a deer to Dan’s Country Meat, and that will go to all the local food pantries in this area.” With cooperation from the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Share the Harvest and Operation Food Search of St. Charles, David has coordinated several options for donated, field dressed deer to be processed at no cost to the hunter. The Josephville Meat Market has also agreed to process donations at no cost.

“David approached me two years ago about distributing a flyer at our school for Hunt for Hunger. I could tell immediately how passionate he was about seeing the great need in his community and how he could feed so many people,” said Daniel Boone Principal Kevin Armour. “He is a very hard working student with outstanding character, and he is very concerned about others and how he can help them.” And his efforts haven’t gone without notice.

At a recent assembly at Daniel Boone, David was honored by St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann with a letter of recognition. Ehlmann wrote, “For someone your age who is an avid hunter, to devise the plan to donate your deer to help prevent hunger and then go door to door to spread awareness and seek assistance from others to do the same, is remarkable.” David was also recognized by State Representative Bryan Spencer for his services and congratulated for being an outstanding citizen and distinguished leader to his peers.

“It’s very important that we help our kids see and understand the world around them and the impact that they can have on others,” said Armour. “Through David’s charitable work, I hope that our kids can see that they can make a difference in the lives of others. You are never too young to start giving back.”

Last year, with support from the community, David was able to collect 1,500 pounds of venison to be distributed to families. This year, he has set his sights higher. “My goal for this year is 2,000 pounds,” said David. With his drive and ambition, there is no doubt that he will reach his goal.

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