Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry asking hunters for donations of venison

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is asking for hunters to help feed Hoosiers in need this deer season.

Farmers, Hungers and 4-H members can donate deer and livestock meat to "Meat" the Need program.

The donations are processed, then distributed to hunger-relief agencies within the community where the meat was donated.

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry pay all the processing fees so there is no charge to donors or agencies that receive the meat.

Because of the pandemic and inflation, more families are having a difficult time buying food. And meat prices have risen 13% since February 2021, which means it is more difficult for hunger relief agencies to purchase meat.

“More food pantries than ever have been reaching out for help from us this year. They simply can’t afford to purchase meat with the rising cost of groceries, and most of their donations are non-perishable items,” said Katie DeForest, Fund Development Director for Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “Meat is hard to come by and there’s a great need for it. It’s a major source of protein, which is so important for a healthy diet.”

Last year, the agency received more than 37,000 pounds of venison - and they hope to surpass that number this season.

“On average, each donated deer provides enough meat for about 200 high-protein meals to those reached through hunger-relief agencies,” said Executive Director Debra Treesh. “Every donation helps.”

Hunters who wish to contribute can take field dressed deer to one of the participating butchers and inform them of the intent to donate.

After processing, local food banks, pantries and soup kitchens are called to pick up the donation.

Click here for a list of participating meat processors or for more information.

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