Hunters Donate Almost 290,000 Pounds of Venison for Hungry Missourians

Ralph Roloff (L) and Kevin Metzger trims meat from deer that have been donated to the Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH) program at the State Center Locker December 11, 2007 in State Center, Iowa. The HUSH program encourages hunters to donate deer to feed needy individuals through soup kitchens and …
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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) notes that deer hunters donated almost 290,000 pounds of venison for hungry Missourians this deer season.

That is a sizable increase over the nearly 200,000 pounds donated last year.

Fox 2 Now reports the MDC released a statement, saying, “This season’s total of 289,292 pounds of venison included nearly 5,600 whole deer. Hunters donated 198,277 pounds of venison the year before. Since the program was started in 1992, Share the Harvest has provided nearly 4 million pounds of lean, healthy venison to help feed hungry Missourians.”

Programs to donate venison to the hungry exist in numerous states. Nebraska has a program called Hunters Helping the Hungry, Pennsylvania has a Share the Harvest program, and Maryland has Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.

Various other donation programs exist as well, including an NRA-driven initiative that provides “8.1 million meals” annually.

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