Hunters Helping the Hungry
News Coverage of the Program
Associated Press article
Nebraska Deer Program Helping to Feed the Hungry
Contact: Teresa Lombard, Hunters Helping the Hungry Coordinator - 402-471-5430
Hunters Helping the Hungry program was created in April 2012 with the Nebraska Legislature's passage of LB 928.
This donation-funded program provides ground venison to Nebraskans in need. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission accepts cash donations to the program and uses those funds to pay contracted meat processors to prepare and package ground venison from deer donated by hunters. The processors contact the charitable organizations specified by the Commission, who pick up and distribute the venison. Hunters do not pay a processing fee if their deer is donated to the program.
Legislation requires that all program costs be paid for only with donated funds, so the balance of donations received by early summer of each year are used to establish the budget for the following deer harvest seasons. A fair market processing price of $85.00 per deer carcass is offered to processors. Interested processors can apply to contract as Hunters Helping the Hungry program deer donation sites.
Processor contracts state how many donated deer they may accept from hunters, and once all quotas are met, no additional deer can be accepted under the program. Processors are asked to accept only whole deer that will likely yield at least 40 pounds of high quality ground venison. So some deer offered by hunters may not be accepted by processors even if that processor has not yet met their quota.
Highlights From the First Program Year
By summer 2012 the Commission received enough cash donations to budget processing for 271 deer through January 2013. In all, 188 hunters donated 213 deer, resulting in 11,536 pounds of venison distributed through sixteen different charitable organizations across the state. The dollars budgeted for processing venison in the first year that were not used due to unfilled quotas, will be added to the budget for the second year.
Many hunters were very generous; one out of every nine hunters who donated a deer, donated more than one. Landowner permits accounted for about one in five of all permits used to harvest donated deer, and one in eight permits used to donate deer were harvested from nonresident permits.
The youngest hunter donating a deer?
The oldest hunter donating a deer?
Most deer donated by a single hunter?
Ratio of deer donated by women to men? 1:12
Farthest distance traveled by hunter who donated a deer?
(based on residence address) 1686 miles (one way) from Madera California to Diller Nebraska.
1281 miles (one way) from Hammondsport New York to Franklin Nebraska.
The budget and deer donation quotas for each year are determined in the summer of each year based on the available program funds at that time. In the first year of the program fewer deer were donated than funding allowed, so the unspent dollars were rolled over to the second year. Summer 2013 program funds allow an increase in the number of deer donations for the second year and so deer donation quotas have been set slightly higher.
While the budget for year two may not be set until the summer of 2013, current funding (based on just ten months of donations) should allow for a slightly higher number of deer to be processed than in the first year.
Like these results? Please donate!
Please consider a tax-deductible cash donation to support the Hunters Helping the Hungry program. Donated funds will cover deer processing and other program costs. With your help, this program can continue to provide venison to Nebraskans in need.
Hunters Helping the Hungry 2013 Report
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Payable to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
2200 N 33rd St
PO Box 30370
Lincoln, NE 68503-0370
Hunters and nonhunters alike can donate to fund the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, which encourages hunters to give harvested deer to participating processors to
feed Nebraskans in need.
Hunters can donate money on their Nebraska Big Game Application form. Just look for the shaded box in the upper left corner of the form
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Hunters also may donate when purchasing hunt permits ONLINE.
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