Most hunters are no stranger to sharing excess game meat with friends and family during hunting season, but fewer know that they can donate funds and surplus harvest to help feed their neighbors struggling with hunger and food insecurity.
While the Texas economy is booming, many Texans have been left behind. 1 in 7 of our fellow Texans — that’s over 4 million Texans — experience food insecurity. A household income that can’t keep pace with the cost of living combined with unexpected expenses like a car accident or medical emergency can force families to make impossible choices between food and other basic needs. Children, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and working families are among those affected in every Texas county.
Hunters for the Hungry is a statewide hunger relief program that provides venison to Texans in need. Through the program, hunters can drop off legally tagged, field-dressed whitetail or mule deer to participating meat processors. Partner processors then prepare the venison for distribution through local food banks.
Since 1997, Hunters for the Hungry has given hunters a meaningful way to give back to their community and distributed over 10 million servings of venison to hungry Texans.
Hunters can help by:
- Bringing your legally tagged, field-dressed whitetail or mule deer to a participating meat processor. There is no cost to you!
- When you purchase your Texas hunting license, ask a store clerk or choose the option online to donate to Hunters for the Hungry.
With over 2 million hunting licenses sold annually in Texas, even a small gift from hunters throughout the state makes a difference in the lives of food insecure Texans. Spread the word!
- Financially supporting the program with a monetary donation. All donations help Hunters for the Hungry promote their program and cover the costs of processing donated deer meat.
For more information on the program and how you can get involved, visit the Hunters for the Hungry website.
If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, contact your local food bank for help.