Nearly 250K pounds of venison donated through Share the Harvest program

(Source: MDC)

(KBSI) – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) thank hunters for their contribution of 242,774 pounds of venison, including 5,053 whole deer. Almost 300,000 deer were harvested in the 2021-22 hunting season, coming in at 294,719 deer.

Share The Harvest is a program that enables local hunters to donate their venison to coordinating processors, who then grind the meat into ready-to-use packages and have the venison shared with local Missouri food pantries and food banks for hungry Missourians. The MDC and the CFM are grateful for the donators, meat processors and many sponsors who financially support the program. Meat-processing fees are covered entirely or in part by numerous local sponsors, along with statewide sponsors that include Shelter Insurance, Bass Pro Shops, Feeding Missouri, and the MDC.

Nearly five million pounds of lean, healthy venison meat has been donated in the last 30 years since the program began in 1992.

“Hunters started Share the Harvest 30 years ago because they saw a need in their communities and hunters remain the driving force behind this popular program that helps feed our fellow Missourians who are in need,” said MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley in a news release from Missouri Department of Conservation. “We sincerely thank the thousands of deer hunters who support Share the Harvest, along with the many participating meat processors and sponsors who help make it possible.”

“Celebrating the 30-year anniversary of Share the Harvest this year is an amazing milestone,” CFM Executive Director Tyler Schwartze added from a news release in MDC. “The donated venison stays in the local areas where the deer were harvested so it truly is helping out neighbors in need. We greatly appreciate all the citizens of this great state that have made this possible over the past three decades.”

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