Yes, Denver’s dead geese — at least 350 pounds worth — are feeding hungry families

The goose is cooked. Or at least it will be.

Metro Caring food pantry had to conduct business outside due to COVID-19 concerns, March 18, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Metro Caring food pantry had to conduct business outside due to COVID-19 concerns, March 18, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Hungry Denverites will benefit from the city’s geese-killing practices just like they did last year.

Metro Caring, an anti-hunger group that provides meals for people who need them, received a delivery of 350 pounds of “wild goose meat” Friday, the nonprofit announced. The organization will distribute the protein with its food relief packages this afternoon.

“Personally, I tried some of those recipes, and they were delicious,” volunteer coordinator Jose Navarro said in a statement.

With the help of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Denver authorities began capturing and killing geese last year for environmental and nuisance reasons. Animal rights advocates did not like it then and they don’t like it now. But Metro Caring communications director Sheen Kadi said people place too much focus on the source of the food.

“Instead, we should be talking about why one in three Coloradans are experiencing hunger during a health pandemic and economic crisis,” Kadi said. “Coloradans do not go hungry because of a lack of food. Coloradans go hungry because they don’t have enough money to put food on the table.”

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