"The meat—mostly venison, with some moose and bear—will be doled out by food pantries after being donated by hunters who participate in various state programs," Katie Queram reports for Route Fifty. "The details differ, and so do the names (there’s Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, Sportsmen Against Hunger, and Hunters For The Hungry, to name a few) but the premise is largely the same: hunters donate meat without having to pay processing fees, giving food pantries a much-needed source of nutrition for their clients."
"It’s difficult to know how much meat is donated nationwide, though some states have local estimates," Queram reports. "In Maine so far this year, hunters have forked over at least 5,000 pounds of meat. And last year in Texas, Hunters for the Hungry distributed 105,179 pounds of venison."