Now keep in mind guys as you read below about this great organization, that even though this is a NJ based organization, there are several other similar programs out there in your states as well. So make sure to look them up. Also, no matter where you are from, your donation would still be helping to feed the needy.
Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) has been around since 1997. Their mission statement is as follows: "to provide quality protein for the hungry of New Jersey while addressing the overpopulation of deer in our communities". Their staff is totally comprised of volunteers so donations really go directly to the cause. HHH survives on donations only, they do not receive any federal or state funds, so every bit helps.
So how does it work?
You take your deer to an approved butcher (see list below) that has passed a state health inspection. You donate $25.00 dollars with your deer (to help pay the butcher for processing) and HHH takes care of getting the venison from the butchers to the food banks. Here are a list of the approved butchers:
John Person -Lebanon -- (908)735-4646
Country Meats of Washington -Washington -- (908)689-1266
Bishop's Market -Whitehouse Station -- (908)534-9666
Godek's Livestock -Marlboro -- (732)462-3695
Hometown Butcher -Howell -- (732)462-8149
I know a lot of us end up with too much venison at the end of the year, and I think is a great way to make sure none of it goes to waste. So keep this in mind next season when your freezer is full. If you would like to donate some money to the cause, you can find more information on their website. Or if you are a butcher, or you know one in your area, try and get them on board. They are always looking for more participating butchers to make the program more accessible.
Here is the site: