In 2015, Tennessee Farm Bureau and Farm Credit Mid-America began discussions about beginning a partnership to help feed hungry Tennesseans through regional food banks. Several ideas were considered to create an event that would allow Tennessee agriculture and Tennessee businesses to join together to fight hunger in our communities.
In late summer 2015, the idea of a sporting clays shoot came up during a conversation among some Farm Bureau staff members. They decided to pitch the idea to Farm Credit staff and after a brief discussion, Shooting Hunger was born. Farm Bureau and Farm Credit were off with a handshake and a commitment to work as a team to help feed the hungry. The first event in October 2015 raised enough funds to provide over 88,000 meals to hungry Tennesseans. In 2016, Tennessee Farmers Coop came on board as a presenting sponsor, a welcome addition to the team.
The support for Shooting Hunger has been nothing short of amazing, with shooters coming from as far as Nebraska and sponsors too numerous to mention. In addition, the entire Tennessee agriculture industry has jumped on board in the fight against hunger in Tennessee. Shooting Hunger events have raised enough funds to provide more than half a million meals to hungry Tennesseans… and we’ve just started Shooting Hunger in Tennessee.