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Georgia program seeks to increase processed venison donations

From Georgia Department of Natural Resources

-- This year, Georgia hunters are being asked to give a portion of their processed deer through the Drop-Back-a-Pack campaign at one of 12 participating processors through Jan. 15.

Since 1993, hunters participating in the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program hunters have been brought meat to the tables of those in need. Through this successful program, hunters have donated enough venison to serve more than 1.5 million meals.

In a change from the past, rather than bringing in a whole field-dressed deer to donate, hunters are asked to donate a portionóor a packóof their processed deer. Hunters are welcome to give as many processed packs as they can provide.

For those who canít donate a pack, the program welcomes dollar donations to help support the efforts. Donations can be made at www.gwf.org.

All hunters who donate a pack during this collection period will be entered into a drawing for a deer rifle, sponsored by the Georgia Wildlife Federation.

Processors at 12 locations accepting deer now through Jan. 15 during business hours include:

Lee's Meat Processing, 461 Dove Lane, Axson, phone (912) 422-3079; JJs Deer Processing, 974 Georgia Hwy 105, Baldwin, phone (706) 776-2819;  Daffin Meat Processing, 4100 River Road, Columbus, phone (706) 322-8848; Mossy Creek Outdoors, 2788 Americus Hwy, Dawson, phone (229) 995-4109; Barlow's Meat Processing,  1692 Milan-Eastman Road, Eastman, phone (478) 374-5614; Starley's Deer Processing, 190 George Hatcher Road, Irwinton, phone (478) 946-8976;

Sealey's Deer Cooler, 5675 South Apple Valley Road, Jefferson, phone (706) 335-9304; Lee Processing, 105 Hwy 377 Leesburg, phone (229) 759-2869; Wright's Processing, 126 Wright Dr NE, Milledgville, phone (478) 452-4228; K&K Processing, 6749 Good Hope Road, Naylor, phone (229) 269.5557; Garner's Grinder, 18630 Hwy 16, Sparta, phone (706) 444-9228; Stewart's Quality Meats, Inc., 204 Washington St., Vidalia, phone (912) 537-9888.

Wildlife Resources, along with the Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Wildlife Federation and the Georgia State Association of Food Banks sponsor the program.

For more information on donating food to those in need during other times of the year, call the Atlanta Community Food Bank at (404) 892-3333. For more information on the GHFTH program, contact a WRD Game Management office, call (770) 761-3045, or visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com or www.gwf.org.

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