JONESBORO, Arkansas (KAIT) – Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center hosted a gourmet event on December 10th.
The “Meat the Need” Christmas Food Event is the inaugural food event hosted by the Nature Center. Part of the reason, according to nature center educator Elizabeth Kimble, is to thank the community.
“The community is why we stay here and why we support the nature center here. The nature center is free because people love and support us, so it’s a great way to give back to the local community,” she said.
The food drive collects canned goods and game, which Kimble says makes the food drive unique.
“Game is very high in protein, low cost and used in many simple and affordable recipes. It is therefore a great alternative to canned meat, which provides a great nutritional value at a food drive like this Very low,” she said.
It’s also a way for hunters to provide food for the community.
“It’s a great way for hunters to give back to the community. You know, our season just got ready and we’re about half way through it now, so it’s a great way to check your fridge and see if you have, you know, Last year’s harvest was in the fridge, and you want to make room for this year’s harvest,” Kimble said.
Game meat is high on many people’s wish lists, Kimble said.
“You’d be surprised how many people in Craighead County love ducks or deer, but they can’t go out and harvest them. Preparing for that kind of harvest can be expensive, or if you don’t have the knowledge, you don’t know where to get from Where to start,” she said.
In addition, the food truck event also has Santa and Mrs. visits, allowing tourists with goods to make ornaments in the nature center.
The Crowley Ridge Nature Center is also extending its food drive through December 22 and will accept donations of canned goods and game. The nature center does require that any game donated be boneless. The Nature Center will also accept monetary donations.
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