Hunters, you can help Alabama’s hungry through a statewide processing program

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Hunters Helping the Hungry program offers Alabama hunters a way to donate venison to community members after their own freezers are stocked.

Here's how the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources outlines the initiative:

  • 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.

There are many participating processors and food banks in our area in which a hunter may donate. Outdoor Alabama provides a link to complete lists of both on the Hunters Helping the Hungry page.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources updates its list of participating processors each season. If you do not see yours on the list, please encourage them to enroll in the program.