(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Hunters are getting ready as Indiana’s firearms hunting deer season begins on Saturday.
Many folks enjoy the venison in the form of deer burgers, jerky, or sausage. A non-profit organization is hoping some of that low-fat, high in protein meat comes their way.
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry is urging hunters to donate their surplus venison to help families in need. The organization is in its 15th year.
Jason Boyd, of Lawrenceburg, founded southeast Indiana’s FHFH chapter 13 years ago.
“When we first started it we were concerned if people would want deer meat. Now they can’t get enough of it,” Boyd said.
Indiana hunters have been donating about 1,500 deer a year to folks in need through churches, food banks, and food pantries.
“Last year in this area we donated almost 30,000 meals to surrounding counties,” Boyd said, adding the locally donated meat goes to local families.
Donating is easy for hunters who bag a doe or buck. They should take their unprocessed deer to local participating butchers. Those include Wayne’s Meats in Milan, Manchester Deer Processing in Aurora, Hunters Choice in Brookville, Parker’s Processing, Pates Processing near Canaan, or Westport Locker in Decatur County.
FHFH also has a chapter serving ten counties in southwest Ohio. One of the donation stations is Whitetails Deer Processing in Miamitown.
More information about Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry can be found on the organization website, www.fhfh.org.