West Virginia seeking donations to food charity

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY)- West Virginia officials are asking hunters to consider donating their venison to charity this season.

The state natural resources division on Wednesday said they are encouraging hunters to give to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, which provides meat to families in need and charitable organizations.

Officials said hunters who want to contribute can take their deer to one of 13 certified meat processing centers affiliated with the program. A full list of processing centers can be found on the Division of Natural Resources website.

 “The average deer will yield about 40 pounds of meat or 100 meals,” said Scott Warner, the division’s assistant chief for wildlife diversity. “That amount of food goes a long way to helping those who are less fortunate and addressing food insecurity in our state.”

Hunters have donated more than 1 million pounds of meat since the program started in 1992, according to a news release.