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It's as it should be and once was.
There was a time when Americans ate wild game with more frequency.
The head of the household went out and shot dinner instead of driving to the grocery store to choose from a selection of nicely wrapped meat, often packaged according to a shopper's preference. Shopping is easier, but not affordable to all.
Congressman Don Young has sponsored a bill that would allow wild game to be donated to food-based charities to feed the disadvantaged.
The Wild Game Donation Act of 2013 would provide charitable tax deductions for costs associated with donating processed moose, caribou and other wild game. Game processors also would be allowed a tax deduction, which would eliminate the need for them to charge anything to charities for processing the game.
"In a state like Alaska, with a great abundance of natural resources and wildlife, it's a shame that people still go hungry," says Congressman Young. "The Food Bank of Alaska tells me that more than 106,000 Alaskans don't know where their next meal is coming from. My bill will begin to help solve some of these hunger problems while also providing an economic incentive for hunters to donate their game."
Young sees his bill as a way to fill the freezers of food-based charities.
One in six Americans and nearly 15.9 million children live in households with insufficient access to food, according to Feeding America, the Food Bank of Alaska's national partner. About one-eighth of the population or 37 million Americans sought assistance from food banks last year.
Local and state laws pertaining to hunting would have to be followed by game hunters donating food and receiving the tax credit, just as those laws must be followed by all hunters.
Clearly, this bill would help not only Alaskans living on the edge of starvation, but all Americans. No little wonder that it has bipartisan support in the House already. It should be an easy vote for all in Congress. It's a great photograph opportunity for the president when he signs it.