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WV hunters encouraged to donate to HHH program

From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

-- West Virginia hunters are again being encouraged to donate legally harvested white-tailed deer taken during fall hunting seasons to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) Program. The program has provided more than a million venison meals to needy citizens since it started in 1992.

Under the HHH Program, two-pound packages of ground venison are collected from participating certified processors by the Mountaineer Food Bank located in Gassaway, and the Huntington Area Food Bank.

These food banks distribute the packaged ground venison to participating statewide distribution centers such as food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, community centers, churches, orphanages and other institutions that provide the needy with highly nutritious venison meals.

Although it may be too late for non-enrolled distribution centers to receive venison in 2011 because of the minimum 60-day application review process, those interested are encouraged to enroll now so they may receive venison starting in the winter 2012.

To discuss the application process needed to receive venison, contact Mountaineer Food Bank at (304) 364-5518

"Although DNR is very grateful for hunter-donated deer, the HHH Program still requires monetary donations to offset processing and distribution costs," said Gene Thorn, HHH Program Coordinator. DNR is restricted from using sportsmenís license dollars to fund this program and is completely dependent upon monetary donations by concerned individuals, businesses, conservation organizations, foundations, churches and fund-raising events such as the Governorís One Shot Hunt.

Hunters can pick up an HHH brochure at DNR offices to locate participating meat processors around the state. For HHH Program general information, contact Program Coordinator Gene Thorn at (304)924-6211 or by email Eugene.R.Thorn@wv.gov.

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