Legislation allowing charities and non-profits to use and serve donated meat passed easily out of the Louisiana House Committee on Health and Welfare.
Senate Bill 58 would allow not-for-profit or charitable organizations to use or serve any “commercial or game fish, migratory or resident game bird, game quadruped…alligator, or feral hog in food or meal distribution.”
The bill would make it clear that non-profit organizations can receive donated game, Buffington said, and the food can be used for meal distributions at no cost to the individual.
The bill has made it through the Senate and now heads to the House floor for debate.
In February, venison donated by Hunter’s for the Hungry to the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission had been thrown away because the donation program had not been recognized the state Department of Health and Hospitals.
The meat was thrown away and bleach poured on it because the donated deer meat did not meet state regulations for distribution to the public.