Days before SCI’s 48th Annual Convention, Gary Gearhart and Wayne Clark, Sportsmen Against Hunger Co-Chairs traveled to Reno and Las Vegas to participate in the annual, “Feed the Hungry” events. Salvation Army Reno and Salvation Army of Southern Nevada staff and volunteers host these special meals for local area homeless and low-income individuals including veterans.

Salvation Army Reno prepared 500 pounds of bison donated by hunters.  Sponsored by SCI Foundation and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, including youth volunteers from AACT (Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology) over one thousand meals were served. For the Reno meal, 1,020 hungry homeless lined up to receive this much needed meal.

Gary and Wayne worked months in advance with Chuck Frommer, third generation owner and operator of John Mull’s meats to collect 300 pounds of venison, deer meat donations harvested by local sportsmen in preparation of the event in Las Vegas.  The serving line was long with 695 hungry lining up to receive this high-quality high protein meal.  The homeless also received an SCI Foundation care package filled with basic necessities, including thick wool socks, beanie, a toiletry bag and a sweet treat at both events, thanks in part by the sponsorship of the Bell Family Blue Bags.

Everyone involved in making these worthwhile events appreciate the ability to pass on the tradition of sharing the harvest.  If you would like to support the Annual Sportsmen Against Hunger events as a volunteer or donor, please contact Kathy Butler, Humanitarian Services by email at