Collecting food for the needy focus of events
EMPORIA — Hunt 4 Hunger — a group of Emporia area volunteers organized to promote outdoor activities, teach safe hunting, and provide wild game to the needy — will hold two charitable events in June. On June 3, the group will collect canned and other nonperishable goods at the Flint Hills Rodeo in Strong City. All donations collected will go to local food pantries.

On June 11-12, the group will host a "Clean Out Your Freezer Day" for Emporia and surrounding areas, with drop-off locations at Walmart, Country Mart South, and Bluestem Supply in Emporia. Drop-off stations will operate from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 12. Hunt 4 Hunger is asking residents of Emporia and surrounding communities to clean out their freezers and donate food that is nearing expiration dates. All food donated and collected will be given to local food pantries and the Salvation Army to help those in need. Nonperishable items will also be accepted.

Hunt 4 Hunger was established in the summer of 2007 by a small group of friends who shared a love of hunting and outdoors and had a desire to give to the those in need. The group strives to educate others on the importance of hunting safety and conservation, while providing enjoyable activities to local communities. Food drives such as this and a winter deer hunt to feed the hungry are the centerpieces of the group's work.

For more information on Hunt 4 Hunger, go online at, visit them on Facebook, or phone Chuck Gardner at 620-343-0225.