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104,100 Pounds of Venison Donated in OH During Hunting Season (so far)

Venison donations to be taken though February 6, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio deer hunters have donated more than 104,100
pounds of venison to local food banks so far this deer season,
according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) and the
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of

“I am happy to see this program continue to grow each year. Ohio
hunters once again have shown their generosity so Ohio’s food
pantries will receive the nutritious red meat they so desperately
need,” said David M. Graham, chief of the Division of Wildlife.

The 104,100 pounds equals approximately 416,400 meals for needy
Ohioans. To date, 2,082 deer have been donated with plenty of deer
hunting opportunity left in the 2010-11 season. Last year at this
time, 1,910 deer had been donated representing 95,500 pounds of

Last year FHFH collected 116,750 pounds of venison from 2,336
deer through the entire season, which ran from September 2009 to
February 7, 2010. Ohio county chapters with the highest numbers of
deer donations so far are: Licking-208; Muskingum, Morgan and
Perry-189; Coshocton, Tuscarawas, and Knox-160; Athens, Gallia,
Hocking, Meigs, Vinton and Washington-137; and Franklin-121.

“We are thrilled that the partnership between FHFH and ODNR has
resulted in greater numbers of donated deer – and meals provided –
across Ohio again this year. With high unemployment in many areas
fueling an even greater need for nutritious food items at food
banks and feeding ministries, this growth could not have come at a
better time, ” according to Josh Wilson, FHFH national operations

Hunters still have a weekend of deer-gun hunting, December
18-19, and eight weeks of archery hunting in Ohio. Archery season
remains open until February 6. The statewide muzzleloader
deer-hunting season will be held, January 8 – 11, 2011.

The Division of Wildlife collaborated with Farmers and Hunters
Feeding the Hungry in an effort to assist with the processing costs
associated with donating venison to a food bank. So far, a $100,000
subsidy grant was provided in two $50,000 allotments that are to be
matched with funds generated or collected by FHFH. The division
subsidized this year’s FHFH operation as an additional deer
management tool, helping wildlife managers encourage hunters to
kill more does.

Venison that is donated to food banks must be processed by a
federal, state or locally inspected and insured meat processor that
is participating with FHFH. Hunters wishing to donate their deer to
a food bank are not required to pay for the processing of the
venison as long as the program has funds available to cover the
cost. There are currently 71 participating meat processors across
the state. A list is provided at www.fhfh.org.

Currently there are 31 local chapters across the state with a
need for more. Anyone interested in becoming a local program
coordinator or a participating meat processor should visit the
“Local FHFH” page at www.fhfh.org. The Web page includes a current
list of coordinators, program names and the counties they


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