Hunters for the Hungry is an initiative created by the National Rifle Association to give back to communities by supplying thousands of meals to the needy throughout the country. The NRA works closely with state agencies to put interested individuals in touch with programs in their area and foster public awareness through education, fundraising and publicity. Since the program's inception, Hunters for the Hungry has brought hundreds of thousands of pounds of venison to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food banks across the United States.
Where can I donate my extra meat?
Every state has an approved list of meat drop off locations. Visit our Get Involved page for more information.
Is there a processing fee to donate a deer to the program?
Typically state programs and affiliates cover the cost of processing, however, sometimes some processors will require a minimal fee. The fee will depend on your local program and affiliate. Be sure to contact them prior to drop off.
Can I donate deer to other states?
No. All game must be legally tagged, and donated in the state it was taken in.
Does the deer need to be field dressed?
Majority of the state programs and affiliates require your deer to be field dressed. However, some processors will allow full deer to be donated. Please check with your local drop off location.
Can I donate just part of my deer?
Depending on your state program and affiliate, some do allow the option to donate poundage of your animal.
When can I donate my deer?
Visit our Get Involved page to find your local drop off location for more information.
What if I want my game meat to go directly to someone I know?
To do this a hunter would have to either give the game meat as a "gift" to the specific recipient or transfer their deer to the individual using a custody tag or a simple transfer letter to accompany it. Deer donated to a Hunters for the Hungry program affiliate is usually picked up from a participating meat processor by a charitable organization and distributed across the state or in a local area via food bank or soup kitchen.
Can I donate other game meat besides deer?
Yes, depends on the state. Please check out your local drop off for more information.
Does roadkill animals count as donation?
No. All animals donated to Hunters for the Hungry or any affiliate must be legally taken/possessed and tagged. Roadkill, no matter what state, is not accepted.
I don't have any extra game to donate, but I'd still like to contribute. How else can I contribute?
If you are still interested in contributing, you can contact your local area program for volunteer opportunities or to make a monetary contribution.
How can I receive venison or game protein from this program?
Currently, the program is setup so that hunters donate their game to a processor who gives the meat to a charitable organization for distribution. In this case, you would need to contact your local organization or state program and affiliate for more information.
NRA Hunters for the Hungry is a state-by-state cooperative effort among hunters, sportsmen's associations, meat processors, state meat inspectors and hunger relief organizations to help feed those in need. Over the past three years, such programs have brought hundreds of thousands of pounds of venison to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food banks.