Hunters Helping the Hungry Needs Help

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Hunters Helping the Hungry, an organization that has enabled hunters to provide over one million servings of tasty and nutritious venison to feed New Jersey families since 1997, needs some help from the public to cover the costs of professional meat processing.

The program, which donated more than 28,606 pounds of venison (more than 114,424 servings from 785 hunter-provided deer) to food banks and charitable organizations last year alone, operates with limited funding. Butchers who participate in the Hunters Helping the Hungry program receive $75 to process the donated deer. Currently, hunters who donate deer to feed the hungry must contribute either $20 (for field-dressed deer weighing 50 lbs. or more) or $40 (for deer under 50 lbs.) toward that processing fee. However, during the early season (Sept. 14 through Sept. 27) and from the day following the Six-day Firearm season until the end of winter bow (Dec. 15–Feb. 15, 2020), the hunter fee will be waived except for small deer (dressed weight under 50 pounds) where the hunter fee will remain at $40. 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 the website below.

Anyone interested in making a charitable contribution to offset the program’s meat-processing costs can visit our website at HuntersHelping
to donate securely through PayPal or send a check payable to: Hunters Helping the Hungry,
P.O. Box 587, Lebanon, NJ 08833.

Participating Butchers Include:

Newton High School, Newton
(973) 383-7573 x243 (Call first for instructions.)

Game Butchers
The Person Family, Lebanon (908) 735-4646

Hunterdon Deer Butcher (908) 797-2315
51 Old Franklin School Rd., Pittstown

Bishop’s Market
Whitehouse Station (908) 534-9666

V. Roche & Son, LLC Meat Processing
9 High St., Whitehouse Station (908) 534-2006

Farmer’s Butcher Shop
91 Titus Mill Rd., Pennington (609) 737-0514

The Buck Stop, Stanley Mihalecz (856) 794-1281
989 Alvine Rd., Pittsgrove, Salem Co.

Bringhurst Fine Meats/Catering
Berlin (856) 767-0110

Butchers might not accept donated deer during the Six-day Firearm Buck Season, decided by individual butchers on a day-to-day basis, from Dec. 9–14, 2019, so they can accommodate their regular customers. Hunters should contact the butcher in advance.

For upcoming fundraising events such as sporting clay shoots, a golf outing and a 3-D archery shoot, visit HuntersHelpingtheHungry.org.