COLUMBUS Hunters have donated 1,405 white-tailed deer to local Ohio food banks to benefit Ohioans in need during the 2012 deer hunting season, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife.
The donations delivered approximately 70,250 pounds of venison and 281,000 meals for needy Ohioans. Venison donations will be accepted through the end of the deer-archery season, Feb. 3, 2013. FHFH collected approximately 104,400 pounds of venison, or 417,600 meals, from 2,088 deer last season.
The Division of Wildlife collaborates with FHFH to assist with the processing costs associated with donating venison to a food bank. Venison donated to participating food banks must be processed by a federal, state or locally inspected and insured meat processor. Hunters wishing to donate their deer are not required to pay for the processing if the program has available funds.
Ohio has 80 participating meat processors and 32 FHFH local chapters. Anyone interested in becoming a local program coordinator or a participating meat processor can go to fhfh.org and click on the Local FHFH tab.