ODNR grant to aid venison donations

Deer venison
Packages of deer venison.

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife contributed $25,000 in a grant to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry to support local food banks with donated venison. 

The organization will use the funding to pay for white-tailed deer harvested by hunters to be processed and distributed to charitable organizations in Ohio. Additional funding will be secured by the organization with a goal to match or exceed the amount provided by the grant. 

Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, assisted by the Division of Wildlife’s grant, covers the processing cost for deer donated by hunters for the program. FHFH expects to pay the processing cost for 350 deer with this grant alone, each of which yields approximately 50 pounds of venison and 200 meals. 

The division of wildlife collaborates with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry to assist with the processing costs associated with donating venison to a food bank. Hunters who harvest a deer and would like to donate the venison can bring it to one of approximately 30 certified deer processing shops in Ohio, which will process the deer and donate it to a verified charitable organization that offers food assistance for underprivileged individuals and families. 

Hunters can find a list of processors participating in the FHFH program at feedingthehungry.org. Hunters wishing to donate their deer are not required to pay for the processing of the venison, provided the program has available funds.


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