Food Shelf Venison Donations 31 Oct 12

Minnesota deer hunters will again be able to donate venison to state food shelves this year. The Minnesota Hunter Harvested Venison Donation Program is aimed at providing a source of protein for people in need while helping reduce deer populations. The program is operated by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in partnership with the DNR and state food shelves. Last year, Minnesota hunters donated 421 deer to the program, which provided more than 15,000 pounds of processed venison to Minnesota food shelves. To be eligible to donate venison to the program, hunters must have their deer processed at a state-registered meat-processing plant that has agreed to participate in the program.