ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Gun season opens Monday and hunters will have the opportunity to help feed the hungry.
Through the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry Program, those who take down a deer have the option to donate the meat to inspected meat processors. From there, the meat will then be sent on to local food pantries. FHFH Coordinator for Muskingum and Morgan County Bob Daniels said last year they were able to donate almost 3,000 pounds of meat.
“So it’s amazing how many people do get the benefit of this deer, and deer is excellent for you,” said Daniels. “It’s low on cholesterol and hardly any fat.”
Daniels said in Muskingum County, they work with Shirer Brothers, Philips Meats, Olde Village Meats to process the meat. He said anyone who would like to donate a deer can bring it to one of the approved processors and they will take care of it for free. Executive Director of Christ’s Table Keely Warden said they always appreciate the meat donations and it helps them out so much.
“Meat is not necessarily something that is donated to the food pantries and their hot meal programs, so this donation is so important to what we do and the meat is so nutritious,” said Warden.
For a full list of meat processors or for more information on Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, visit them online at FHFH.org