The Central Missouri Chapter of Safari Club International is again the local sponsor for a Share the Harvest program in Central Missouri.
This program gives deer hunters the opportunity to donate venison to charities serving the needy.
Hunters can have their deer processed at one of the meat processors in the program and indicate the number of pounds they wish to donate from one pound up to the whole deer.
Processors processing whole deer donated will have the costs paid by the Conservation Federation of Missouri at $60 per deer, and Central Missouri Chapter of Safari Club International will pay the remainder until a cap at each processing plant is reached and funds run out.
Hunters not able to donate a whole deer are encouraged to donate a portion of the deer to help the needy.
Processors participating in the program include: Hartman's Custom Meat Processing, New Bloomfield; Russellville Locker; R & R Processing, Auxvasse; Crane's Meat Processing, Ashland; Swiss Meat & Sausage Co., Hermann; Mexico Meat & Produce LLC; Horn's Meat Processing, Fulton; and Hanson Hills Campground, Kingdom City.
The 16 charities to be served with venison include: The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, Columbia; Serve Inc., Fulton; The Salvation Army, Columbia and Jefferson City; Samaritan Center, Jefferson City; First United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Jefferson City; Oak Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Food Pantry, New Bloomfield; New Life Evangelistic Center, New Bloomfield; California United Methodist Church Food Pantry; Holts Summit Soup Kitchen; Hope House, Lake Ozark; Eldon Ministerial Alliance; The Help Center, Mexico; Helping Hands Outreach Center of Gasconade County, Owensville; Hermann Community Food Pantry; and Rocky Mount Baptist Church Food Pantry, Eldon.
For more information, call 573-636-4292.