Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry and Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will have a kick-off event for the Hunting and Fishing License Check-Off Program at 1 p.m. Thursday on the front steps of the Capitol.

The public is invited to see Ronnie Ritter, Hunters Feeding the Hungry, Kathy Webb, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and Mike Knoedl, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, as they announce a new program to raise money for Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Arkansas hunters and fishers will be able to do a voluntary check-off when they purchase their hunting and fishing licenses, contributing $1 to defray the processing costs for deer. The deer will be donated to local pantries to help feed the hungry.

Hunters Feeding the Hungry has a goal of contributing 1 million meals to pantries across the state. Last year, because of budget cutbacks, the amount of venison processed dropped. The voluntary check-off program will enable HFH to be self-sustaining. A pantry will be on hand Thursday to accept venison for distribution.