NOVEMBER 8, 2005 - Posted at 8:03 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas deer hunters are providing nearly 250,000 Arkansans each year with venison through the Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry program. The program began in 2000 from one Little Rock hunter's desire to provide venison to those who enjoyed the meat, but didn't hunt deer themselves. Bob Barringer thought he could help those less fortunate than himself.
Through the program, hunters who kill deer tell their meat processor if they want to donate the whole deer or just a portion of the animal to the program. If a hunter donates the whole deer, Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry pays the processing fee.
All the meat donated to the program is ground venison, which is easier to cook for those who normally don't eat deer meat.