Local hunters joined forces to help feed the homeless in San Antonio. They donated the wild boar served for dinner Tuesday evening at Haven For Hope.
"You guys are a little bit long on wild pigs here, so why not serve them? Why not use these wild pigs to feed the homeless and the hungry in the state and everywhere across the country?" said Scott Leysath, executive chef of the “Hunt. Fish. Feed.” program.
Hunt.Fish.Feed. focuses on ending nationwide hunger using local, natural resources.
"We are here to serve a high protein, sustainable food source to the people in San Antonio," Leysath said.
Hunt.Fish.Feed kicked off its 10th anniversary tour at Haven For Hope serving up locally processed wild game.
"This is wild boar chile verde," Leysath said. "These are wild hogs that were donated by hunters in Texas."
On Tuesday, volunteers with Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks (Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network) and Charter Communications teamed up to host a Hunt. Fish. Feed dinner for up to 500 men and women experiencing homelessness and poverty who stay in Haven for Hope's courtyard.
"We've got wild boar chile verde, we've got salad, fruit, we've got a great dessert. That chocolate mousse!" said Leysath, along with Lorris Gibson, the executive chef of St. Vinny's Bistro inside Haven For Hope.
St. Vincent de Paul, known as St. Vinny's Bistro, operates the kitchen, feeding San Antonio's homeless every day.
"We do over 35,000 meals a month," Gibson noted. "That's including sack lunches for the workers that go off to work from here."
St. Vinny's Bistro has the 365 Ways program, where local organizations can get involved to keep the kitchen running.
Gibson says that they are trying to raise $500,000 to keep feeding those in need in the Alamo City.
"Also, with this soup kitchen we inherited here, we are very proud about, it comes with expensive equipment. So we definitely need that support financially in dollars," Gibson explained.
Gibson added that if any residents wish to donate wild game, they can drop off properly processed meats at Haven For Hope. Just call 210-220-2470 in advance.
In their 10 years of service, The Sportsman Channel's Hunt.Fish.Feed has served nearly 30,000 meals in more than 50 cities across the country.
"We can keep feeding Texas with wild hogs as long as they let us," Leysath said.
To learn more about Hunt.Fish.Feed, you can visit their official website here.