Ohio hunters donated 1,170 white-tailed deer to local food banks to benefit Ohioans in need during the 2013 hunting season, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
To date, food banks have received approximately 58,500 pounds of venison and 234,000 meals for needy Ohioans.
One processed deer amounts to approximately 50 pounds of venison and 200 meals.
Venison donations will be accepted through the end of the deer-archery season, Feb. 2, 2014. Go to fhfh.org to find a local Ohio deer donation program.
Ohio ranks fifth nationally in hunter-donated venison, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Wild venison is among the most nutritious meats available. The ODNR Division of Wildlife collaborates with FHFH to assist with the processing costs associated with donating venison to a food bank. The program allows for subsidy grants to be provided in allotments that are matched with funds generated or collected by local Ohio FHFH chapters.
Hunters can also donate venison through Safari Club International’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program. Learn more at safariclubfoundation.org. Whitetails Unlimited chapters also use local funds for programs such as venison donation. Go to whitetailsunlimited.com to find a local chapter and make a donation.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.