Hunters Helping the Hungry
News Coverage of the Program
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 Past Program Years
In 2012, the very first program year, 188 hunters donated 213 deer, yielding 11,536 pounds of venison distributed through sixteen different charitable organizations across the state. In 2012, processor contracts limited the number of deer that could be donated at each location to ensure that processing costs did not exceed the program funds. Those quotas were met at some locations, but not all, and unspent program funds were retained for the following year.
In 2013, 363 hunters donated 392 deer, yielding 19,293 pounds of venison distributed through fifteen charitable organizations. In this second year of the program, quotas at each processor location were set slightly above the level of deer donations in 2012, and then those quotas were increased on a location by location basis, throughout the hunting seasons, to support hunter participation.
The 2014 Program Year
The budget for 2014 will be set in July, based on the available program funds at that time. Also in July, processor applications are reviewed and in August, eligible processors are selected for participation.
Like these results? Please make a contribution!
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 2014 Report
Donate by Check
Payable to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Write Hunters Helping the Hungry on the memo line
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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