Hunters for the Hungry Program

The Maine Hunters for the Hungry Program was founded in 1996 and its impact has grown steadily ever since. Maine sportsmen and sportswomen can play a major role in game management while providing thousands of nutritious meals to hungry people across the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry distribute the donations to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and households with a medical need.

The Maine Hunters for the Hungry Program in cooperation, with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s wardens, Maine State Troopers and caring hunters, are all working towards a common goal of helping our neighbors.

The program accepts bear, deer and moose donations. Road kill donations are also accepted, provided the meat is not damaged. Hunters do not pay for the processing of donated meat. Meat processing costs are paid for by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry or the charity that receives the food. Hunters choosing to keep their game can still donate a few pounds to the program. Meat Processors that are interested in getting involved with the program and learning how it works should call 207-287-7513.

The program has been successful annually not only by supplying lean, high protein meats to voluntary feeding programs, but by supplementing the diets of consumers with a medical necessity for natural, low-fat meats.

Hunters for the Hungry would like to express to every corporation, business, organization and individual their deepest and most sincere appreciation for their past, present and continued support. For more information, to donate, or to get connected to a Hunters for the Hungry participating meat processor call toll free, 1-888-4DEERME (1-888-433-3763)

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