Hunters to Donate Wild Game

The Minister responsible for wildlife is considering a pilot project to open up more opportunities to donate perishable items to food banks.

The line of thinking in the food donation community has always been to encourage non-perishables and cash, but now the Community Food Sharing Association is welcoming perishable items.

Donation of wild game to a third party currently is illegal, but Minister Gerry Byrne is considering a pilot.

Perishables are expensive to manage because of storage and handling requirements. Byrne is looking at the legislation, but notes there is nothing stopping anyone from donating meat and fish.

He says people can consider donating meat bought from grocery stores, fish from retail or caught in the food fishery, and food from the garden.