Deer donation program needs help in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite canceling its annual banquet and guided hunts, the Governor’s One Shot Committee is still working to raise money, as well as donate harvested deer to benefit West Virginia food banks.

The committee’s main mission is to raise money to fund the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, which uses those funds to offset the cost of processing deer donated to the program. The Governor’s One Shot is one of the main sources of fundraising for the program.

This year, any money raised is being donated directly to Mountaineer Food Bank. West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said hunters who typically donate a deer to the program should consider donating again or making a monetary contribution instead this year.

Committee president Glenn Adrian said they’ve asked sponsors to continue supporting their mission. Volunteer guides have also been asked to participate in early doe season and donate their harvest to Hunters Helping the Hungry.

Hunters Helping the Hungry was established in 1992 and has been supported by the Governor’s One Shot since 2008. Since the program began, hunters and participating processors have designated 27,066 deer for donation resulting in nearly 1.4 million meals to families and individuals throughout West Virginia.

For more information about the Governor’s One Shot Committee, contact Wendy Greene at 304-558-2754 or wendy.l.greene@wv.gov.

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