Hunters Urged To Donate Venison As Firearm Season Begins

WWJ News
November 13, 2019 - 9:41 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - With firearm deer season beginning this Friday, the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger wants to remind hunters to think about donating venison.

Executive Director Dean Hall says the goal is to donate 58,000 pounds of venison to hungry families across the state.

"One pound of ground venison will usually feed four people when you utilize it in something like a spaghetti, a stroganoff, tacos or something like that," he said.

The Food Bank Council of Michigan says 16% of households are struggling to put food on the table and 21% of children don't know where their next meal will come from.

"There are a lot of people in our state, a lot of people that we personally know that we don't realize that basically, they need food assistance; trying to make a decision on whether paying rent, a house payment or utilities or medical bills or trying to find food," he said.

Last year, 52,145 pounds of venison were donated to homeless shelters and food pantries throughout the state. Nearly 750,000 pounds of venison have been donated since the program began in 1991 -- enough meat to serve over 2 million meals.

Venison can be donated in two different ways: Hunters have the option to donate a pound or more of their processed deer to go to local food pantries when they pay for their processing, or they also can drop off and donate their whole deer at a one of the state's 41 participating processing facilities to be processed at no cost to them.

All game donations stay in the area where they are processed to feed the needy in nearby communities.