MADISON (WKOW) -- Since the program began in 2000, hunters have donated more than 73,000 deer which were processed into over 3.3 million pounds of ground venison. The voluntary venison processing donation code added to the ALIS system in 2002 has netted more than $123,000 from some 40,000 hunters.
Wisconsin has a network of venison donation efforts including: Hunt for the Hungry, which operates in the Green Bay area; Target Hunger, which handles donations from the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone; and the Wisconsin Venison Donation Program, which covers all remaining areas of the state. USDA - Wildlife Services staff also help administer the programs in 49 counties. A total of 140 meat processors representing 65 counties will be participating in the programs in 2010.
"This kind of generosity is appreciated by many," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank. "Hunters are helping in several ways when they participate in these programs. The venison is a welcome source of high quality food for needy families and is very popular; the extra dollars hunters donate really help in funding the donation program and the extra deer harvested helps move the herd closer to healthy population numbers."
The Target Hunger program will again be administering the program in the CWD Zone. Groups supporting Target Hunger include:
Hunters, you can help feed needy people throughout Wisconsin this fall by taking 5 simple steps:
Find out more information on the 2010 dropoff stations