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NH Food Banks seeking hunter venison donations

From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

-- Hunters can share their fall harvest with the needy through the Hunt for the Hungry program at the New Hampshire Food Bank.

The food bank is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes statewide. In 2010, the Hunt for the Hungry program took in 2,194 pounds of donated deer, bear, moose and other game meat for distribution to the needy.

To donate game and for packaging instructions, call the Food Bank at (603)669-9725, extension 240.

Hunters donating a whole deer can bring it to Lemay & Sons Beef in Goffstown, phone (603)622-0022, and they will process it for the food bank at no charge.

The NH Food Bank is not equipped to accept donations of wild game birds such as wild turkey or grouse.

"We are counting on continued strong support from hunters this year," said Bruce Wilson, director of operations for the NH Food Bank."Donations of protein foods are always hard to come by. Thatís a big need that the Hunt for the Hungry program helps fill. Venison is especially popular, a real treat for clients."

For more information on donating to the New Hampshire Food Bank, visit http://www.nhfoodbank.org.

For information on hunting in New Hampshire or to purchase a hunting license, visit http://www.huntnh.com.

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