(KMOV) – This weekend, thousands of deer hunters will be in Missouri woods and fields harvesting millions of pounds of deer meat.
Many of the hunters will donate that meat to feed the hungry, as part of the Share the Harvest program.
The statewide program is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation, and is a cooperative effort between hunters, meat processors and local charitable organizations.
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the program provides food to the hungry through deer meat donated by hunters. Hunters can choose to give part or all of any deer they take. They bring their deer to an approved meat processor to process the venison at no cost to the hunter, usually into ground meat, where it is then packaged for distribution.
To learn more about Operation Food Search, go to their website at www.ofsearch.org.
You can visit the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website at: www.mdc.mo.gov
To find an approved processor, click here.