TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Area veterans groups are taking thousands of surplus salmon that were destined to become cat food and getting them to dinner plates of people in need in West Michigan.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that the fish are taken by the state Department of Natural Resources from the area's fish weirs. When local volunteer Michael Dickinson found out about the fish he worked with the DNR and veterans groups like Rolling Thunder and Patriot Guard Riders to get them to churches, food pantries, veterans halls and other nonprofit groups.
Dickinson says they delivered about 30,000 pounds of fish last year. He says volunteers this year are concentrating efforts on the neediest areas, including Fife Lake, Lake County, Kalkaska and near Petoskey.