ANOTHER REASON WHY HUNTERS ROCK: Hunters Across the U.S. Donate Meat for Thanksgiving

Published on November 22, 2013

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — For thousands of hunters across Michigan, firearm season arrived at dawn Friday morning.

For more than 20 years, Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger teams up with local processors and hunters to feed thousands of people across mid-Michigan by donating venison to food banks.

“[Hunters] can drop off the whole deer. They just drop it off and everything gets turned into ground,” said Merindorf Meats and More owner Linn Merindorf. “It goes to food banks and shelters.”

Last year alone, hunting season turned 30,000 pounds of donated venison into more than 150,000 meals for the hungry in Michigan.

From processors, the venison gets shipped out to nearly a dozen food banks across the state, including the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

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