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Hunters Helping the Hungry

New Jersey's Hunters Helping the Hungry was featured on CNN's Giving in Focus: 12 Days of Goodness in December, 2009. Visit CNNís website for an online version of the show at www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2009/12/21/gif2.hunters.helping.hungry.cnn?iref=allsearch.

The Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation working with regional food banks which enables hunters to donate venison while addressing the overpopulation of deer in New Jersey. Hunters participate in the program by donating deer through an approved butcher.

In 2001, HHH received a legislative grant of $95,000 and in 2003, the Division of Fish and Wildlife provided $50,000 for a matching grant to keep the program running. Since then, HHH has relied on private donations.

Hunters in northwestern New Jersey may donate deer to the NORWESCAP Food Bank in Phillipsburg while hunters in eastern New Jersey may donate deer to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune. New this year is the participation of the Foodbank of South Jersey. Processing fees are paid to the butchers from a fund consisting of donations and grants and a donation made by each hunter donating a deer.

After processing, donated venison is distributed by the NORWESCAP, Ocean/Monmouth and South Jersey food banks to over 400 needy feeding charities throughout the state and to America's Second Harvest Food Banks statewide.

In the 2013-2014 seasons 388 deer were donated. These deer yielded more than 16,000 lbs. of venison (64,000 meals!) which were provided through the program to those in need. Since the program's inception in 1997 hunters have donated more than 233 TONS (466,000 lbs.) of venison to the food banks, providing nearly 1.5 million servings.

Butchers who participate in the Hunters Helping the Hungry program receive $65 to process the donated deer. Currently, hunters who donate deer to feed the hungry must contribute either $10 (for field-dressed deer weighing 50 lbs. or more) or $25 (for deer under 50 lbs.) toward that processing fee. If the program's funding runs out, hunters who donate deer will have to cover the entire cost for meat processing.

Hunters should check on funding availability before harvesting a deer intended for donation by visiting www.huntershelpingthehungry.org or by calling the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 609-292-6686. Donations to Hunters Helping the Hungry can be mailed to HHH, P.O. Box 587, Lebanon, NJ 08833 or by going to the HHH website and donating through Paypal. There is also a link for shoping at Amazon.com which provides a donation to the program.

Participating Butchers

Please contact the following participating butchers (who meet all State game and health laws) before delivering your deer:

Game Butchers
John Person
Lebanon
908-735-4646
Newton High School
Sussex County
Call 973-383-7573 x243 for instructions
57 West Deer Processing
Phillipsburg
908-319-0984
The Hunter's Butcher
967 Route 524
(Adelphia near Howell)
732-414-1446
Bishop's Market
Whitehouse Station
908-534-9666
The Buck Stop
Stanley Mihalecz
Pittsgrove
856-794-1281
Hunterdon Butcher
51 Old Franklin School Rd.
Pittstown
908-797-2315
V. Roche & Son
Whitehouse Station
908-534-2006

Butchers will not accept donated deer during the Six-Day Firearm Season (December 8-13, 2014) in order to accommodate their regular customers.

Please visit the HHH website at www.huntershelpingthehungry.org for more information.

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Last Updated: May 7, 2014