As firearm deer seasons across the United States take place near Thanksgiving, charitable hunters are making sure that needy families get a good meal on the holiday. While venison may not be traditional fare on turkey day, many thousands of pounds of deer meat are being processed and distributed to food banks courtesy of local hunters.
Last year in Michigan over 30,000 pounds of venison were cooked and served as 150,000 meals for the hungry. According to WLNS, Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger have been cooperating with meat processors for the last 20 years to supply these nutritious meals.
“[Sportsmen] can drop off the whole deer. They just drop it off and everything gets turned into ground,” said Linn Merindorf, owner of Merindorf Meats and More. “It goes to food banks and shelters.”