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Venison Donation Program: Hunters Can Help Fight Hunger

From Food Bank:

Did you know that one deer provides approximately 160 servings of highly nutritious ground venison to those in need?

The Venison Donation Program partners with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to help those in need. Legally tagged and properly field-dressed deer can be taken to participating processors at no cost to the hunter. Hunters must call ahead for free processing of any deer they wish to donate. The venison is then processed and packaged according to the law and picked up by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier for distribution to neighbors in need through a network of hunger-relief member agencies like soup kitchens and food pantries. In 2012, 6,580 pounds of venison was donated to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier!

How to Donate a Deer to the Hungry:
1. The list of Participating Processors can be found on the Food Bank’s website under ‘Donate Now.’
2. Join thousands of New York State hunters and make a commitment to donate your deer to the hungry.
3. Bring your legally tagged and properly field-dressed deer to the processor. There is no cost to you!

About the Venison Donation Program:
• Hunters do not have to pay for processing the deer they donate. Processing costs are covered by
• donations from the public and through state funding.
• Since 1999, more than 413 tons of highly nutritious venison have been distributed in New York State
• through similar programs. This equals 3,308,568 meals served to those in need.
• For the 2013 season, if one out of our every 100 deer is donated, the program could easily reach
• 100,000 pounds of venison to feed the hungry.

Each week, over 11,000 individuals visit a hunger-relief member agency served by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. In 2012, the Food Bank distributed over 7.8 million pounds of food to neighbors in need across the six Southern Tier counties of Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins. 

To learn more about how you can make a difference in the fight against hunger, visit the Food Bank’s website at or call 607.796.6061.
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