Hunters for the Hungry – Johnny Carriere on 2021 Clean Out Your Freezer Day

The Annual Hunters for the Hungry Food Drive will be held on Sunday, September 26th from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Sportsmen and their families are encouraged to “clean out their freezers” and donate frozen game and fish. And for the ‘hunters and gatherers’ among us who may obtain chicken, beef, or turkey from their local grocery, those protein-based contributions are also highly welcome. It all makes a difference to help our neighbors in need of a healthy meal.

All donations are tax-deductible and will be used to feed the needy through The Refinery Mission’s shelters and programs.

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Last year’s drive was a huge success and has provided enough protein-based contributions to serve over 60,000 meals to the impoverished and homeless in the greater Lafayette community. Drop-off points in the Lafayette area include UL -Lafayette’s Cajun Field, First Assembly of God in Youngsville, MC Taxidermy in Carencro, Chop’s Specialty Meats in Broussard, and Giles Nissan in Opelousas.

Johhny Carrier, Executive Director of the Refinery Mission, explains how Hunters for the Hungry Food Drive came to be in our interview. Hunters For The Hungry’s mission is to encourage hunters and fishermen to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors by sharing their bounty of wild game and fish in order to combat hunger. Since 1994, “Hunters For The Hungry has increased awareness of its program throughout the state by partnering with all 5 major food banks in Louisiana. By conducting multiple programs such as the Clean Out Your Freezer Day and Freshly Harvested Game and Fish Programs, the organization is providing thousands of meals for Louisiana families.” Locally, businessman Bob Giles has been actively engaged and serves on the board of directors.

The Refinery Mission services men in transition from incarceration, drug-related issues, homelessness, or crisis, through Christ-centered services. Providing a home shelter, the men are given assistance and education on how to become employed, healthy, and self-sufficient individuals. For more information on the work of the Refinery Mission, visit