>> Generous hunters are donating deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program, providing thousands of pounds of venison to needy families across the state.
The 2007 season marks the 16th consecutive year that the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (WVDNR) has sponsored the HHH Program. During this time, generous hunters and financial contributors have enabled the processing of 15,637 deer. With an average of nearly 38 pounds of ground venison produced from each deer, more than 588,937 pounds of highly nutritious meat has been made available to needy families throughout West Virginia .
>> Hunters participating in the program take their deer to approved meat processors where it is turned into two-pound packages of ground venison. The Mountaineer Food Bank of Gassaway and the Huntington Area Food Bank, both members of Second Harvest, collect the venison and then distribute it to the needy through their network of qualified charitable food pantries, soup kitchens, agencies, senior centers, and needy families. Financial support for the HHH comes from concerned individuals, businesses, conservation organizations, foundations and churches.