Denver park officials’ controversial program to kill hundreds of Canada geese came full circle Friday when Metro Caring announced that goose meat would be used to feed the hungry.
It’s a much-needed boost for the nonprofit food bank, which has seen a 300% increase in demand in recent months, said spokesperson Sheena Kadi.
In all, Metro Caring received about 350 pounds of goose meat, which — at a pound per person — could feed nearly 90 families of four, Kadi said.
Many have objected to the geese culling program, which resulted in the rounding up and killing of hundreds of the birds this year. They’ve also questioned whether the meat is ultimately fit for human consumption.
However, the meat is tested by both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Kadi said. And despite disagreements over the culling program, the meat is desperately needed.
“We should be talking about why one in three Coloradans are experiencing hunger and don’t know where their next meal is coming from during a health pandemic and economic crisis,” Kadi said.
Between August 2019 and February 2020, Metro Caring served an average of 2,364 families per month, Kadi said. That shot up to 7,128 families monthly in the last six months.
Anyone needing food can pick up food bags, which would include the goose meat, either through the drive-thru or walk-up lines at Metro Caring’s site at 1100 E. 18th Ave. They can also sign up for delivery service online at metrocaring.org.
This is the second year Denver officials have conducted the culling program. The program killed about 1,600 geese in 2019 and was so effective only about 500 needed to be killed this year.
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