MISSOURI (KFVS) - A big thank you has gone out from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) to thousands of Missouri deer hunters.
Missouri deer hunters donated nearly 350,000 pounds of meat, to food banks across the state, and a food pantry in Perryville, is giving it to the public.
That number includes 6,795 whole deer.
The Share the Harvest program has donated around 2,500 pounds of meat, to the Ladies of Charity food pantry. The meat, which is first processed locally through Stonnies and Etzel Packing, is given away to Perry County residents in need.
Margie Winschell, the Ladies of Charity Coordinator says, “The Public cannot wait to get the deer meat. They have been asking for it probably since last November when deer season started.”
The pantry, who first got venison a few weeks ago, it excited to share it with families in need as for some, it’s their main source of protein.
The pantry is open on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings for the public to sign up and receive free deer meat and other goods
MDC and CFM said more than 100 participating meat processors throughout the state grind the donated deer meat into ready-to-use packages.
State officials thanked the processors and the many sponsors who financially support the program.
The donated meat goes to food banks in the area and food pantries to help feed hungry Missourians all around the state.
To get Share the Harvest venison, officials said to contact local food banks or food pantries.