Thursday, February 4, 2010

3,921 Deer Donated by Hunters to Feed the Hungry

Weekly News Article Published: February 2, 2010 by the Central Office

MADISON – The results are in, and once again Wisconsin hunters demonstrated their generosity toward families and individuals by donating 3,921 deer to the Wisconsin Deer Donation Program in 2009. This number of deer yielded about 176,000 pounds of ground venison which was distributed by volunteers to food pantries around the state.

“The venison donation program observed its 10th anniversary in 2009 with a record number of processors participating,” said Laurie Fike, Deer Donation Program coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “In all, 133 meat processors in 60 counties took in and processed donated deer. Nearly half of Wisconsin’s licensed meat processors participate in the program, with many having participated for the entire 10-year history of the program.”

In the 10-year history of the program, hunters have donated 73,507 deer, providing 3.3 million pounds of ground venison to needy families.

Among the participating counties, donations in Dane County topped the list with 476 deer donated, followed by Buffalo at 258 and Columbia at 200.

Also this year, the Green Bay Packers organization picked food pantries as the recipient of their annual charitable support campaign. Through the sale of blaze orange hats in their Hunt Down Hunger campaign, more than $1million was raised to benefit food pantries.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurie Fike - (608) 267-7974

Article Source: Wisconsin DNR

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