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Deer hunting season is a wonderful time of year. Some will even say the best time of year - solitude in your treestand, surrounded by Mother Nature. As every hunter will attest, there is nothing like it. While many are fortunate to bag a deer and have meat in the freezer for the year, many New Yorkers are going hungry. Many parents struggle to feed their children. Here’s where you come in. Since 1999, the Venison Donation Coalition has been highly successful in its goal to feed the hungry throughout New York State. They have processed and average of 38 tons of venison each year and more than 3.3 million servings of highly nutritious meat was served to individuals and children in need. 

This year they anticipating breaking 4 million meals served to those in need! Now they need your help to continue to grow this program. Donate your deer to one of the Venison Donation Coalition’s Participating Processors and you will have helped many of the less fortunate. You can also help by donating $1 or more when you purchase your hunting license. One dollar will feed four people. Financial donations are appreciated and tax deductible. For every dollar that is donated to the Venison Donation Coalition, $.95 is used towards processing the venison.

With approximately 500,000 deer hunters in New York State, imagine if every one of them donates just $1 how financially sound the program would be. Venison could be processed and the hungry would be able to have meat on their tables.

Donations can be made at your Town Clerk’s office or anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Just inform the D.E.C.A.L.S. licensing agent that you wish to make a donation to support the Venison Donation Program. All donations through D.E.C.A.L.S. are deposited directly into the Venison Donation Fund.

Donations can also be accepted through their secure website, or send a check payable to: Venison Donation Coalition, Inc., 3 East Pulteney Sq., Bath, NY 14810. Please help to keep the Venison Donation Coalition successful in your neighborhood. Donate today! One dollar goes a long way to help curb hunger throughout New York State. The Venison Donation Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization that coordinates and funds the efforts of venison processing to feed the hungry throughout New York State. For more information, please call 1-86 efforts of venison processing to feed the hungry throughout New York State. For more information, please call 1-866-862-3337.