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Hunters Helping the Hungry

 

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The Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation working with regional food banks which enables hunters to donate venison while addressing the overpopulation of deer in New Jersey. Hunters participate in the program by donating deer through an approved butcher.

In 2001, HHH received a legislative grant of $95,000 and in 2003, the Division of Fish and Wildlife provided $50,000 for a matching grant to keep the program running. Since then, HHH has relied on private donations.

Hunters in New Jersey may donate deer to participating butchers who in turn provide them to the NORWESCAP Food Bank in Phillipsburg, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Ewing, the Fulfill (formerly the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties) in Neptune and the Foodbank of South Jersey in Pennsauken. Processing fees are paid to the butchers from a fund consisting of donations and grants and a donation made by each hunter donating a deer.

After processing, donated venison is distributed by the NORWESCAP, Fulfill, Mercer Street Friends, and South Jersey food banks to over 400 needy feeding charities throughout the state and to America's Second Harvest Food Banks statewide.

A total of 809 deer were donated in the 2017-2018 season. These deer yielded 31,713 lbs. of venison (more than 124,000 meals!) which were provided through the program to those in need. Since the program's inception in 1997 hunters have donated more than 228 TONS (457,399 lbs.) of venison to the food banks, providing more than 1,8 million meals!

Butchers who participate in the Hunters Helping the Hungry program receive $75 to process the donated deer. Hunters who donate deer must contribute either $20 (for field-dressed deer weighing 50 lbs. or more) or $40 (for deer under 50 lbs.) toward that processing fee. However, during the early season (Sept. 8 through Sept. 28), the hunter fee will be waived except for small deer (dressed weight under 50 pounds) where the hunter fee will remain at $40. HHH is also waiving the hunter fee for the late season starting the day after Six-day firearm (December 9) until the end of Winter bow, which is February 16, 2019.If the program's funding runs out, hunters who donate deer will have to cover the entire cost for meat processing.

Hunters should check on funding availability before harvesting a deer intended for donation by visiting www.huntershelpingthehungry.org or by calling the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 609-292-6686.

Donations to Hunters Helping the Hungry can be mailed to HHH, P.O. Box 587, Lebanon, NJ 08833 or by going to the HHH website and donating through Paypal. There is also a link for shopping at Amazon.com which provides a donation to the program.

Participating Butchers

Please contact the following participating butchers (who meet all State game and health laws) before delivering your deer:

Game Butchers
The Person Family
Lebanon
908-735-4646
Bringhurst Fine Meats
38 W. Taunton Rd.
Berlin
856-767-0110
info@bringhurstmeats.com
Farmers Butcher Shop
91 Titus Mill Rd.
Pennington
609-737-0514
The Hunter's Butcher
967 Route 524
Adelphia (near Howell)
732-414-1446
The Buck Stop
Stanley Mihalecz
989 Alvine Rd.
Pittsgrove
856-794-1281
Bishop's Market
Whitehouse Station
908-534-9666
Hunterdon Deer Butcher
51 Old Franklin School Rd.
Pittstown
908-797-2315
V. Roche & Son LLC
Meat Processing
9 High Street
Whitehouse Station
908-534-2006
Some butchers may not accept donated deer during the Six-Day Firearm Season (December 4-9, 2017) in order to accommodate their regular customers, so hunters need to check with butchers first.

Please visit the HHH website at www.huntershelpingthehungry.org for more information.

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