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Union Rescue Mission serves up wild game, thanks to donations from California and Arizona hunters

May 12, 2010 | 12:00 pm

Eric Thiermann is among the hundreds who feasted on tacos filled with bear, wild pig, deer and sheep meat Monday at the Union Rescue Mission. The meat was donated by the Sportsman Channel's Hunt.Fish.Feed initiative.

Monday night's dinner menu at the Union Rescue Mission offered up a new dining experience for many. That's because it included elk, deer, wild pig and black bear -- items more likely found on the bill of fare at Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas than at a skid row shelter.

About 250 pounds of wild game meat was donated by hunters from across California and Arizona, thanks to the "Hunt.Fish.Feed." initiative. Sponsored by the Sportsman Channel, Hunt.Fish.Feed. is an outreach program that takes game meat and fish donated by sportsmen and uses it to help feed those struggling with hunger across America.

"We're thrilled to bring our Hunt.Fish.Feed. initiative, a program that in its first year provided thousands of the nation's hungry with nutrient-rich meals, to the Los Angeles community, especially during an economic time that finds more and more people in need every day," said Todd Hansen, chief marketing officer of the Sportsman Channel.

The Sportsman Channel embarked on a multi-city Hunt.Fish.Feed. tour in January. It is scheduled to travel to 10 U.S. cities to help feed those in need and bring awareness to the fight against hunger.

Read more about the unique culinary delights served up Monday in Times staff writer Kate Linthicum's article, An unusually meaty menu at skid row shelter.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Eric Thiermann is among the hundreds who feasted on tacos filled with bear, wild pig, deer and sheep meat Monday at the Union Rescue Mission. The meat was donated by the Sportsman Channel's Hunt.Fish.Feed initiative. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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