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Wild Game May Be Processed for the Hungry

WASHINGTON (CN) - State plans for emergency food assistance will be made permanent and the Emergency Food Assistance Program administrative funds may be used to process donated wild game, according to changes to United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service rules.

The state plans will be made permanent to reduce the administrative burden on states, which, otherwise, would have to renew plans every four years. Allowing the administrative funds to go toward processing wild game is to increase the amount and variety of protein available to program participants.

These changes, which go into effect March 1, are required by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.

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