2011-04-09 / News

Venison donations total more than half a million meals

COLUMBUS – Ohio deer hunters have donated more than 125,150 pounds of venison to local food banks through the 2010- 11 deer hunting season, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

The pounds of venison equal approximately 500,600 meals for Ohioans in need. A total of 2,503 deer were donated this deer hunting season compared to 2,336 in 2009-10, 1,096 in 2008-09, and 418 in 2007-08.

“This program’s popularity continues to grow,” said Vicki Mountz, acting chief of the Division of Wildlife. “Each year there are more volunteer coordinators, more meat processors participating, and more venison going to good use. Ohio hunters should be proud of the fact they have donated half a million meals to local Ohio food banks.”

Bower & Sons Meats in Millersport has been a participating meat processor for several years.

The Division of Wildlife has collaborated with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry for the last four years in an effort to assist with the processing costs associated with donating venison to a food bank. A subsidy grant was provided in allotments that are to be matched with funds generated or collected by local Ohio FHFH chapters. The division subsidizes this program as an additional deer management tool, helping wildlife managers encourage hunters to kill more does.

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