Money from the State Department of Natural Resources is being used to help stock food pantries’ with venison.
Here’s how it works. Hunters bring in their deer meet to a processor. Using state dollars, the processors prepare the meat, then donate it food banks around the state.
Hoosier Hills Food Bank Director Jake Bruner says this is the first time the money is being given to meat processors in the Bloomington area. And he says that will allow the food bank to feed more people this year.
“Already this year, we have seen a huge increase in venison donation, and that’s really great for our food bank, since we’re constantly looking for protein and more food to deliver.” Bruner says.
Bruner also says he welcomes the addition to the food bank’s supply, because meat is always in high demand, but is also rarely donated due to its high cost.
President and CEO of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in Bloomington Amanda Nickey says she’s also excited to receive venison for the kitchen.
“This opportunity to get locally sourced venison is really great, it’s going to be a really great benefit for our patrons this holiday season,” Nickey says.
Hunters wishing to participate in the program can contact participating meat processors, which can be found on the DNR’s website under the Sportsman’s Benevolence Fund.