Nebraska’s firearm deer season runs Nov 12-20 and the Hunters Helping the Hungry program is looking for donations of deer throughout the season.
Coordinator Teresa Lombard says 437 people donated more than 500 deer last year.
“The hunter really just needs to provide their name, their phone number, the permit number, and the number they got when they checked their deer,” she tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Then they sign that they’re donating the deer to the program and there’s no processing charge.”
Lombard says 21 meat processors in the state signed up for the program.
“Any hunter with a valid Nebraska deer permit who has harvested a deer and checked that deer can take it to any of the 21 processors that are contracted for the program and donate it at that location,” she says.
Eighteen processors are currently available for archery hunters.
The number of participants and deer donations has increased each year.
“I’m hearing from the charitable organizations that people are really happy to receive this venison.”
She says donated meat goes to organizations near the processor or it is distributed by Food Bank for the Heartland to those in need.
The participating meat processors are:
Amherst – Belschner Custom Meats Inc.
Bayard – WyoBraska Wild Game Processors Inc.
Blair – KB Quality Meats (starting Nov. 12)
Cozad – Busy Bones Butcher
Elwood – SteakMaster Inc.
Franklin – Franklin Locker
Humphrey – Country Butcher (starting Nov. 12)
Johnson – Pelican’s Meat Processing
Lindsay – Melcher’s Locker
North Bend – Bob’s Custom Meats LLC
North Platte – Kelley’s Custom Pack LLC
Oakland – Oakland Processing
Omaha – B.I.G. Meats Inc., Stoysich House of Sausage
Orleans – Harlan County Meat Processors
Oxford – Oxford Locker Inc.
Panama – Panama Locker
Table Rock – Den’s Country Meats
Ulysses – The Butchery
Valparaiso – Nelson’s Butcher Shop (starting Nov. 12)
Wahoo – Wahoo Locker