Hunters Helping The Hungry
Scott Warner, a biologists with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, explains the program. "The DNR is once again inviting hunters to participate in this year's Hunters Helping the Hungry program. For the 20th year, hunters will be contributing to feed West Virginia's needy. Over the last twenty years, nearly one million pounds of venison has been donated through the generosity of others."
That generosity is well documented, and appreciated. Most importantly, the deer you harvest and donate goes to your neighbors and friends right down the road.
"The deer goes to the Mountaineer Food Bank and through their network of kitchens and pantries, we're able to get the food where it needs to be. We get a lot of smiling faces." says Warner.
This is a statewide operation, and you can contact the DNR for locations of deer processors. If you want to see your venison in it's final form, on someone's plate or bowl, you don't have to go far.
"This may be the only red meat provided to them. We also work with a lot of soup kitchens in the state and in Charleston, we have Manna Meal with us, it's a big recipient of venison. You stop by when they're serving a blow of chili on a cold winter day, and it really goes a long way." says Warner.
With each pound working out to about one and a half servings, and fifteen hundred deer expected to be donated this year, you can see just how important Hunters Helping the Hungry is to folks in our state.
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