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Hunters Helping The Hungry

The St. Marys Oracle of St Marys, West Virginia

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Donations of harvested deer and financial donations are being accepted for the West Virginia Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program, sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). HHH provides low-fat, low-cholesterol meat to needy families around the state through the Mountaineer Food Bank and the Facing Hunger Food Bank.

Hunters can donate legally harvested deer by delivering the deer to the nearest participating meat processor. A list of processors is available at Venison is deboned, ground and frozen in two-pound packages. The food banks pick up the venison and distribute it to more than 500 food programs throughput West Virginia.

"We need donations of not only deer, but also money," said Tyler Evans of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. "Federal law prevents the use of hunting license fees to offset the processing and distribution costs, so DNR requires financial assistance to manage this charitable program."

Since its inception in 1992, HHH has provided 892,637 pounds of venison for more than 1.2 million family-style meals at a total cost of $1,225,974. Processing costs are $1.45 per pound, with the average deer producing 35.5 pounds of ground venison.

Reminder: Hunters should get their permanent DNR ID number prior to the hunting seasons at a DNR office or at any license agent, so they will be ready to check in their animal with the new electronic game checking system.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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