The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' 12th annual "Hunters Helping the Hungry" program anticipates receiving more than 2,500 donations this year and is looking for donations to fund the $110,000 program.
The program accepts donations of deer during the first week of bow season, the 12-day buck and concurrent antlerless season, six-day traditional antlerless and six-day muzzleloader seasons.
Since it began in 1992 it has provided nearly 450,000 pounds of venison to the needy.
Hunters can take their deer donations to the nearest participating meat processor.
The processor will skin the deer, de-bone and grind the meat, then freeze it in two-pound packages and give it to the Mountaineer Food Bank or the Huntington Area Food Bank, both members of America's Second Harvest, a national network of food banks.
Anyone interested in making a tax deductible donation should contact the DNR at (304) 558-2771 or send a check to:
Hunters Helping the Hungry
WVDNR Wildlife Resources Section
Capitol Complex, Building Three
Meat Processors participating in the program are:
Barbour County: B&L Beef in Belington; Rice's Meat Sales and Service in Volga.
Cabell County: Rolfe's Custom and Commercial Meat Processing in Milton; Nelson's Custom Processing in Milton.
Clay County: Foster's Custom Meat Cutting in Ivydale.
Gilmer County: The Bargain Barn in Glenville.
Greenbrier County: Bika's Slaughterhouse in Dawson.
Hardy County: Crites Slaughter House in Moorefield.
Harrison County: Hyde's Meat Packing in Enterprise; Young and Stout in Bridgeport.
Kanawha County: S&J Custom Meat Cutting in Charleston.
Lewis County: Cole's Custom Butchering in Jane Lew.
Marshall County: Yoho's Slaughterhouse in Cameron.
Mercer County: Taylor's Meat Cutting in Spanishburg.
Mineral County: Country Seasons Flying W Farms in Burlington.
Preston County: Gregg's Country Meats in Masontown.
Raleigh County: Peerless Meat Distributors in Beckley.
Randolph County: Cole's Meat Processing in Elkins; Teets Meat Packing in Elkins.
Tyler/Wetzel: Smittle Packing in Paden City.
Upshur County: Rock Cave IGA in Rock Cave; Waugh's Custom Cutting in Buckhannon.
Wood County: Pioneer Meat Processing in Waverly.