Ky Hunters for the Hungry
The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is proud to be partnering with Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry, a charitable volunteer-run organization comprised of responsible hunters and conservationists who encourage hunters to harvest and donate deer to food banks.
In the 2015-2016 hunting season the partnership resulted in over 20,000 pounds of venison distributed to hungry Kentuckians by 25 Kentucky food banks and food pantries in 20 counties. That is enough protein for 107,000 meals. Click here for our 2015-2016 impact report.
“A majority of our clients greatly appreciate the opportunity to receive venison through Hunters for the Hungry. We live in a rural community where hunting is popular but cost of processing prohibits many from hunting for themselves. We often have clients that prefer venison to beef and will ask us all year if we happen to still have venison.” — testimonial from Debbie Childress, Director of the Grayson County Alliance Food Pantry.
Thanks to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Farm Bureau for financial support of the partnership!
How to donate your deer
- Use a legal buck or doe deer tag.
- The donated deer must be properly field dressed, recorded and tele-checked (1-800-245-4263) before we can accept the deer as a donation. Handle the deer as if you were providing it for your own family. If the temperature is above 40 degrees at the time you harvest your deer, please put two large bags of ice in the deer: one in the chest cavity and one in between the hind quarters. This will help prevent the meat from spoiling before you drop it off.
- Drop the whole deer off in the hide at your preferred processor. Please phone the processor ahead of time if you don’t know their hours.
- Sign the donation log form.
For more information, contact
Hunters for Hungry
Karen Cash, Coordinator
500 West Jefferson Street, Suite 2400
Louisville, KY 40202