Share the Harvest Provides Deer Meat For Hungry

Hunters donated more than 227,350 pounds of deer meat for hungry.

Published on: Feb 14, 2014

Missouri deer hunters donated 227,358 pounds of venison from the 2013 Missouri deer harvest to the state's Share the Harvest program, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

This year 4,487 deer hunters took part in the Share the Harvest program administered by the Conservation Federation of Missouri and MDC to help feed hungry Missourians. Share the Harvest organizes the efforts of thousands of hunters, numerous local supporting organizations, and more than 100 participating meat processors to get ground venison to people in need through food banks and food pantries around the state.

Venison donations
Hunters donate their extra venison to participating meat processors who then prepare the donated venison by grinding it into one-pound packages that are given to food banks and food pantries for distribution to those in need.

HUNTERS HARVEST FOR HUNGRY: More than 4,400 Missouri deer hunters donated extra venison to feed the states hungry. Share the Harvest is administered by the Conservation Federation of Missouri and MDC and works with more than 100 participating meat processors to get ground venison to people in need through food banks and food pantries around the state.
HUNTERS HARVEST FOR HUNGRY: More than 4,400 Missouri deer hunters donated extra venison to feed the state's hungry. Share the Harvest is administered by the Conservation Federation of Missouri and MDC and works with more than 100 participating meat processors to get ground venison to people in need through food banks and food pantries around the state.

Processing fees are covered entirely or in part by local program sponsors, and statewide sponsors that include the Conservation Department, Shelter Insurance, Bass Pro Shops, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, Missouri Chapter Whitetails Unlimited, Missouri Chapter Safari Club International, Missouri Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation, Midway USA Inc., Missouri Deer Hunters Association, and the Missouri Food Banks Association.

Since the program started in 1992, Share the Harvest has provided more than 3.1 million pounds of lean, healthy venison to help feed Missourians in need.

For more information on Share the Harvest, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website.

Source: MDC