Share That Venison

Networks help farmers and hunters share deer meat with the needy.

Published on: Oct 30, 2009

Deer season is close to getting underway in most Northeast states, and bow season is already in the trees. With the recession still gripping many families, local food banks are already in dire need of meat.

That's why venison donation programs exist throughout the country for farmers and hunters to donate venison from successful deer hunts. Many such programs come under the national network umbrella of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry ministry. Pennsylvania, for instance, has a highly successful Hunters Sharing the Harvest program which channels donations to local food banks, soup kitchens and needy families.

"Using a unique network of local volunteer area coordinators and cooperating meat processors to process and distribute venison donated by hunters, HSH has really helped to make a difference for countless needy families and individuals in our state," reports Carl Roe, Game Commission executive director.

How the programs work

Hunters can take a deer to a participating meat processor and identify how much of their deer meat can be donated. You can contact either group to find participating processors and get any questions answered.

To reach Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, call toll-free 1-866-GET-FHFH or visit the Web site: www.fhfh.org .

To reach Hunters Sharing the Harvest, call toll-free 1-866-474-2141 or visit the Web site: www.sharedeer.org .