Delaware Hunters Feed the Hungry

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Charities throughout Delaware are thankful for deer hunters this holiday season. With more than 24,000 pounds of venison already donated by hunters through the Sportsmen Against Hunger program, charitable organizations are able to provide nutritious meals for Delawareans in need.

"This year's donations are expected to exceed the 30,000 pounds of venison donated last year," said Wayne Lehman, Fish and Wildlife Regional Manager. "Deer hunting season closes January 31, so hunters have several more weeks to participate in our program. We are fortunate to have so many hunters willing to help fight hunger in our state."

The Delaware Sportsmen Against Hunger program is sponsored by DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife, which distributes the venison to more than 21 charitable organizations.

The Christian Storehouse, a charitable organization in Millsboro that provides food for families in crisis in Sussex County, has received venison from Sportsmen Against Hunger for more than 10 years. "The venison we receive is an absolute blessing," said Steve Smith, director. "Venison meat is high in protein and low in fat, providing a healthy, well-balanced food for families who are experiencing difficult times."

"Every winter we have hundreds of people each month who come to the House of Pride seeking shelter and food support," said Marian Harris, director of the shelter located on New Street in Dover. "The donations of venison we receive make a tremendous difference to the community we serve, and we are grateful for Delaware’s hunters and DNREC for making this possible."

Deer hunters and individuals willing to volunteer for the program are encouraged to contact, Wayne Lehman at 302-284-1077. Hunters not lucky enough to harvest a deer are able to help the program by donating money. Funds donated will be used for direct program expenses and to buy additional food. No donations will be used for administrative expenses.

Deer donation locations include the Augustine Wildlife Area in New Castle County, the Woodland Beach Wildlife Area in Kent County, and three locations in Sussex County, Redden State Forest, Assawoman Wildlife Area, and Trap Pond State Park. In addition, successful hunters can also take their deer to any participating private butcher shop. For more information, visit DNREC's web site, www.fw.delaware.gov/wildlife.htm.