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Feed the Needy with Deer Meat Donations

News  November 09 2011
 — By Katie Frasier
Feed the Needy with Deer Meat Donations

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you might find yourself reflecting upon all the things for which you are thankful–with the opportunity to spend time hunting falling near the top of your list, of course. For those not as fortunate, this time of year can be challenging. With more and more states offering deer meat donation programs, why not share some of the wealth and donate a portion of your meat to those in need?

The rules and regulations for donating venison vary from state to state, but for the meat to be donated to the food pantry, most states require that it must first be processed by a licensed processor.

Here are a few programs that can provide more information on donating in most states, as well as a list of participating processors in your area:

Alabama: Hunters Helping the Hungry
Alaska: Alaskan Hunters Fighting Hunger & Hunters for the Hungry
Arkansas: Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry
California: Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
Colorado: Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
Connecticut: Hunt to Feed
Delaware: Sportsmen Against Hunger
Florida: Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
Georgia: Hunters for the Hungry
Illinois: Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger
Indiana:  Sportsmen Against Hunger
Iowa: HUSH (Help Us Stop Hunger)
Kansas: Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
Kentucky: Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry
Louisiana: Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
Maine: Hunters for the Hungry
Maryland: Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
Michigan: Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger
Missouri: Share the Harvest
Mississippi: Mississippi Hunter’s Harvest
Minnesota: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Montana: Farmers and Hunters Feeding The Hungry
New Hampshire: New Hampshire Hunt for the Hungry
New Jersey: Hunters Helping the Hungry
New York: Venison Donation Coalition
North Carolina: Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
North Dakota: Sportsmen Against Hunger
Ohio: Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
Oklahoma: Hunters Against Hunger
Pennsylvania: Hunters Sharing the Harvest
Rhode Island: Hunters & Fishermen for the Hungry
South Carolina: South Carolina Hunters and Landowners for the Hungry
South Dakota: Sportsmen Against Hunger
Tennessee: Hunters for the Hungry
Texas: Hunters for the Hungry
Utah: Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
Virginia: Hunters Who Care
West Virginia: Hunters Helping the Hungry
Wisconsin: Deer Donation Program

Have you ever donated deer meat to the needy? Share your experience with us!

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