Missouri hunters can fight hunger this hunting season. The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri sponsor the Share the Harvest program, which helps fight hunger by allowing hunters to donate their deer meat to approved meat processors. The meat is then distributed to several food banks and local food pantries and given to those in need.
Peggy Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, said the food bank has been a big supporter of the program for nearly 20 years.
“The reason we are a huge supporter of the program is first and foremost, protein of any kind is very difficult to get for hunger relief organizations and when we can access it, you want to make it as nutritious as possible,” Kirkpatrick said.
Kirkpatrick says that deer meat is in high demand because it is lean, full of protein and very healthy.