INFOGRAPHIC: Hunters Feed Those In Need
For food banks nationwide, acquiring protein is a challenge because of the high cost of meat. Fortunately, during hunting season, hunters help make up the shortfall with generous donations of protein-rich, low-fat venison that provide 11 million meals annually to the less fortunate.
When you're gathering with friends and family, tell them how hunters feed those in need.
Just One Deer Can Make a Huge Impact
With one deer able to feed up to 200 people, it’s easy to see how important donations of hunter-harvested venison are to charitable food providers. In Missouri, for example, 4,500 hunters donated more than 237,000 pounds of venison through a state program.
“Without venison, some of these organizations would not have protein, wouldn’t have meat, to give to those folks who are coming in,” said Peter Aldrich of Hunt To Feed in Connecticut.
Thanks to the thoughtfulness and generosity of hunters, an estimated 2.8 million pounds of game meat makes its way each year to food pantries, church kitchens and shelters and onto the plates of those in need.
How to Donate Venison or Other Game Meat
Many states have at least one organization that will accept donations of venison or other game meat and ensure it is properly processed and reaches individuals and families in need of a nutritious meal. Your state wildlife agency, local fish and game club or food pantry can help as well. Various donation guidelines may apply, so it’s best to check with the organization or processor before bringing in your game.
If you’re not a hunter and wish to be part of this caring effort, most organizations will accept donations to help pay for butchering and other services.
NSSF encourages you to tell that story to hunters and non-hunters by sharing these resources.