Hunters Helping the Hungry

Published: Jun. 16, 2017 at 11:01 AM CDT
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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is currently looking for meat processors to participate in the Hunters Helping the Hungry program.

The program allows hunters to donate whole field-dressed deer at participating meat processors. Those donations are divided among food pantries across the state.

“Meat lockers get paid for each deer that is donated for the processing,” said Teresa Lombard, Coordinator of Hunters Helping the Hungry. “Many of those processors have told me that they really like the opportunity to give back to the communities in their area, and this is a way they can do that.”

Last year, hundreds hunters in Nebraska donated 614 deer. Those donations equal 28,575 pounds of pure ground venison.

“Hunters love the program because they are going back to their communities. They know the food is going to people who need it,” said Lombard.

Hunters can donate a deer beginning with the first day of the deer archery season and ending on the day after the late antlerless deer season ends. There is no limit to the number of deer a hunter may donate.

“I’m very thankful that the processors, the hunters and the charitable organizations are all working together to make a great difference in Nebraska.”

The program was created by the Nebraska Legislature in April 2012 with the passage of LB 928.

Lombard says there are no permit fees, and no tax dollars are used to contribute to the program. Cash donations are accepted all year.

For more information on the program and on how to make tax-deductible cash contributions, click