Two years ago, the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife launched the GiveIN Game Program as a way for hunters who have opportunities to harvest additional deer to connect with people who could use venison to feed their families.
“GiveIN Game serves as a supplemental program to existing venison donation efforts,” said Mark Reiter, DNR Fish & Wildlife director. “While other programs focus on distribution to needy families through food banks and charitable organizations, GiveIN Game creates a broader opportunity to share the harvest with anyone.”
Through an online site dnr.in.gov/giveINgame, potential donors and recipients can register their contact information. Participants will have their first name, county, and preferred contact information (phone or email) available online to search for potential matches. Other personal information remains confidential.
There is no fee to register or participate, but there are some things to remember:
Venison is a healthy alternative to beef. It has less fat and calories, and more protein than the same size serving of beef, according to several nutrition websites.
The GiveIN Game website also provides links to venison recipes and other information.
More than 500 participants registered for GiveIN Game in 2011, and 734 people registered for the program in 2012.
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