Hunters Can Help Fight Hunger

By Brandi Bailey

October 24, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM EDT

Elmira, NY (WBNG Binghamton) During hunting season many hunters find themselves stocked with venison after only a few days out in the woods.

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier knows how to keep hunters in the woods longer and its shelves stocked.

The Food Bank is partnering with the Venison Donations Program to feed the hungry and take any unwanted deer meat off the hunters hands at no charge to them.

"They're looking for that trophy buck so they can continue to go through the process and hope they get that, and do a good thing for the community," said Public Relations Manager, Missy Goetschilus.

Shooting the deer is the most difficult part of donating venison.

"Hunters need to simply ensure that the deer is field dressed while they have it out in the woods then they transport it to the processors we work with," said Goetschilus.

The Food Bank is working with 14 different state approved meat processors from Broome to Steuben Counties.

Each processor uses a variation of seasonings on the ground venison, then sends it off to the food bank for distribution.

"As soon as we the venison into our inventory it doesn't stick around long in our warehouse," said Goetschilus.

One deer provides nearly 120 servings of venison.

Just last year the Food Bank processed close to 7,500 pounds of venison.

The Food Bank says for every 100 deer donated the program could reach 100,000 pounds of venison to feed the hungry.

The food bank accepts venison donations throughout the year.