Food banks welcome deer meat donations

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Deer hunters, there's a way you can put that uneaten venison in your freezer to good use. The Hunters Helping the Hungry program provides a way for Alabama hunters to give ground venison to needy families and individuals.

According to the program's website, since its beginning in 1999, approximately 450,000 pounds of ground venison have been donated to Alabama food banks.

Alabama’s abundant deer population, generous bag limits, and long hunting season combine to allow Alabama hunters to stock their own freezers and share their game with the needy.

Donated deer meat is processed into ground venison, packaged and frozen, ready to be distributed to the food banks. There is no charge to the hunter for processing the deer. Many processors throughout the state are participating in the program and more are being added to the list each season. Ask your deer processor if they are participating in the program.

Hunters field dress the deer and take it to a participating processor. It does not cost the hunter any money to donate the venison, but hunters may voluntarily pay processing fees to provide more venison for food banks to distribute.

Processors grind the venison then contact their nearest participating food bank. The food bank will pick up the venison. Processors receive $1 per pound from the Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation.

The food bank will distribute the venison to those in need.

Click here to view a list of deer processors and allotments

Click here to view a list of food banks and charitable organizations