How to donate deer meat to feed the hungry
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is finding ways Hoosier hunters can help feed the hungry during deer hunting season.
All they have to do is drop off field-dressed deer at a participating processor. Last year, over 360 harvested deer were processed, which resulted in over 20,000 pounds of venison being donated.
It’s part of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division’s Sportsman Benevolence Fund that provides grants to several non-profit organizations to pay for processing fees. So, when a hunter donates their legally harvested deer and takes it to a local participating processor, the deer meat will be donated to soup kitchens or food banks across the state of Indiana.
“It’s really a great way to give back to the needy in Indiana and it’s also great as far as we always hear about hunters go out, and they pass on deer because they’re waiting on that trophy buck to come in, But if you can take one of those smaller deer donate it and help the hunger, I think everyone gets a win there,” DNR Law Enforcement Division Cpt. Jet Quillen said
To find a local participating processor near you, click here.