Montana hunters urged to help feed the hungry

Posted at 9:32 AM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 11:32:02-04
Over 130,000 pounds of meat has been donated across Montana since the program began in 2014. (MTN News photo)

MISSOULA – The Montana Food Bank Network is asking hunters to keep their neighbors in need in mind this hunting season.

Hunters Against Hunger, a partnership between Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Montana Food Bank Network, allows hunters to donate a portion or all of their legally harvested big game animals to authorized meat processors located throughout Montana.

The meat is then processed into venison and provided to the nearest to a local food pantry, providing a much-needed food for those in Montana struggling with food insecurity.

Over 130,000 pounds of meat has been donated and distributed across the state since the program began in 2014. The Montana Food Bank Network notes that participation by local meat processors and hunters are the keys to success for this growing program.

Big game donations can only be accepted as part of the program by authorized participating meat processors set up around the state and only legally harvested or confiscated big game animals can be donated.

A full list of authorized processors can be found here. More information about the program can be obtained by contacting the Montana Food Bank Network in Missoula at (406) 721-3825.