The Hunters Helping the Hungry program is accepting applications from meat processors across the state.
Teresa Lombard, program coordinator, says money donated to the program pays the processors.
“They, basically, grind that venison and package it, and then charitable organizations pick it up to distribute it,” Lombard tells Nebraska Radio Network.
A record 23,374 pounds of venison were distributed after the 2015 hunting seasons.
To beat that amount this year, Lombard says they need more meat processors to help.
“Last year, we had 21 processors,” Lombard says. “Not all of them took deer during all of the hunting seasons, but most of them did. So this year, we hope to have just as many, and it would be great if we have even more apply.”
There is a lack of participation from meat processors in the western and northern areas of the state.
“The western part of the state, they only have a couple of processor to choose from, and they’re both probably a long ways away from where they may have harvested their deer,” Lombard says. “The more locations we have for hunters to donate deer, the better that is.”
The processor application period runs through July 20th. The application and more information about the program are HERE.