by Brandon Richards
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It's a tradition that marks the start of hunting season in Southwest Louisiana.
But on Sunday, instead of targeting wild game, sportsmen and others in the community, spent the day cleaning out their freezer and set their aim on hunger.
Ryan Foret's father started the Sportsmen for the Hungry food drive in 2001. After Foret's father passed away, the family continued the food drive.
"We try to recruit the community to bring out some of their can goods, dry goods, as well as meat, fish, ducks, beef and pork," Foret said. "And everthing else Southwest Louisiana is able to offer to us."
When the food drive ends, Foret and crew haul all the food over to Abraham's Tent, a Lake Charles organization that feeds more than 200 people everyday.
Pearl Cole is the organization's food director. Cole says the organization looks forward to the Sportsmen for the Hungry food drive every year.
"[This is] the last part of the month, most people run out of food stamps, they run out of cash and then they come to us," Cole said. "Lake Charles is a generous place. Anytime we've asked they've always responded."
And the Sportsmen responded this year as well--with a record amount of food for Abraham's Tent.
Abraham's Tent is always on the lookout for more donations. The organization especially needs rice and onions.
To donate, come by their office at 2300 Fruge Street in Lake Charles from 8AM to 2PM every day. You can also call them at (337) 439-9330.