Hunters in Michigan are on pace to donate a record 58,000 pounds of venison and $100,000 to help fight hunger this season.
The donations are going to Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger, a non-profit organization operating since 1991. The entity brings together hunters, meat processors, homeless shelters, food pantries, the Food Bank Council of Michigan, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to aid people in need, and has provided more than 2 million meals statewide since its founding.
Dean Hall, the organization's executive director, said:
"Meat is something food banks, food pantries, and shelters can never get enough of because it's so costly. Thanks to the generosity of hunters — whether they donate several pounds or a whole deer — we're able to help fill thousands of hungry bellies every year."
This year's game meat donations are on track to provide 232,000 meals to hungry Michiganders. That's 23,420 more than last year's total.