Ohio hunters donated more than 1,000 white-tailed deer to local food banks to benefit Ohioans in need during the 2013 hunting season.
Food banks received about 58,000 pounds of venison, which ranks Ohio fifth nationwide in the amount of donations, according to National Shooting Sports Foundation.Venison donations will be accepted through the end of the deer-archery season, Feb. 2, 2014.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife is working with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry to assist with the processing costs associated with donating venison to a food bank.
The program allows for subsidy grants to be provided in allotments that are matched with funds generated or collected by local Ohio FHFH chapters.
Venison donated to participating food banks must be processed by a federal, state or locally inspected and insured meat processor.Hunters wishing to donate their deer are not required to pay for the processing of the venison as long as the program has available funds.
Ohio has 77 participating meat processors and 33 FHFH local chapters.