Hunters for the Hungry had its second-best year in 2018—providing more than 581,000 meals to Tennesseans in need. And the Federation is looking to keep that momentum going in 2019.
This season, Hunters for the Hungry is working with 80 processors across Tennessee. Each deer you donate provides 168 meals worth of venison for hungry Tennesseans. That venison is processed and distributed to soup kitchens and food banks throughout the state.
Following the discovery of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in southwest Tennessee, Hunters for the Hungry is taking an abundance of caution this season. We are partnering with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to test every deer donated within Unit CWD for the disease. Hunters for the Hungry will also test many of the donations made outside Unit CWD in Region 1.
Only whole deer donations will be accepted in Region 1, which includes Unit CWD. Pound or Pack donations, which allow hunters to give a portion of their harvest, will continue to be accepted in the rest of the state.
Hunters for the Hungry will discard all donations that test positive for CWD. There is no evidence CWD is transmitted to humans, but the CDC still recommends against eating CWD-positive meat.
To find a processor near you, visit tnwf.org/processors