Oh deer: Pizzeria creates special pies for charity

Oh deer: Pizzeria creates special pies for charity

STOCKTON – Market Pizza in the Stockton Market will be serving venison pizza to raise money for Hunters Helping the Hungry in Hunterdon County as part of a kickoff to four weeks of wild game-featured pizzas.

The pizza will be available from Jan. 13-15. The opening night, taking place on Friday, Jan. 13, will also feature the music of the TieDye Hillbilly Dance Band from 6-9 p.m.

Venison pizza is the brainchild of Rotarians Lester Giese of North Hunterdon Rotary and Megan Jones-Holt of Clinton Sunrise Rotary to help raise funds for Hunters Helping the Hungry and to raise awareness for the Hunger in Hunterdon Campaign, a long-running collaboration involving six area Rotary clubs: Clinton Sunrise, Horizon-E, Flemington, Lambertville, North and Whitehouse.

Jones-Holt, a partner and chef of Market Pizza, saw it as a fun way to raise funds for Hunters Helping the Hungry. The pizza joins weekly special offerings that include personal-sized artisan gourmet pizzas such as shrimp and grits, brussel sprouts with pistachios and cranberry bacon.

The venison has been donated by Mark Charbonneau, a Hunters Helping the Hungry board member, and processed by Game Butchers on Route 31 in Lebanon. The meat and event has been approved by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, the state and Hunterdon County health departments.

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For each venison pizza purchased, a part of the proceeds will go to Hunters Helping the Hungry.

Those less adventurous who still want to participate can select from the regular menu or visit any one of the market’s other food vendors and make a donation directly to the organization.

Giese, an avid hunter, is one of the originating members of the non-profit Hunters Helping the Hungry in Hunterdon County, which began in 1997. He said the idea was to share venison with those in need.

Local hunters donate their deer to select state health department-inspected partner butchers. The meat is then distributed through Warren County-based NORWESCAP. All money raised goes towards the processing of the venison, with over 1.6 million meals donated to date.

Hunters Helping the Hungry in Hunterdon County will be at the market to accept donations and answer questions.

Market Pizza is located in the Stockton Market, 19 Bridge St., and is open Fridays from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donations to Hunters Helping the Hungry can be mailed to P.O. Box 587, Lebanon, NJ 08833, or through Paypal at www.huntershelpingthehungry.org.

Craig Turpin may be reached at cturpin@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @NJeditor. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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Published at Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:52:58 +0000