A program that provides deer meat to the hungry is seeking donations.
Hunters Helping the Hungry takes deer meat donations, processes the venison, and distributes it to food pantries.
Teresa Lombard, program coordinator, says right now, they need cash donations to keep the program going.
“We actually pay those processors, with contracts that we write, in July, so we need to set our goals for how much money we’re going to get,” Lombard tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We are hoping to collect $50,000 between now and the end of June.”
Hunters Helping the Hungry is run through Nebraska Game and Parks, which expects the program’s total cost to be around $94,000 next season.
It processed more than 35,000 pounds of venison this past deer season. Hunters are not charged anything for making a donation.
Lombard says deer donations have increased about 20 percent each year since it began, and the program keeps growing.
“I want to thank the processors, the hunters, and everyone who has donated to the program in the past,” she says.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:40]