Hunters are not the only West Virginians who benefit from the state’s wildlife resources. The DNR-sponsored Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program provides donated venison for West Virginia families in need. Since its inception in 1992, hunter-donated venison has provided more than 1 million meals. This year marks the 25th consecutive year of this successful program.
Through this program, hunters donate legally harvested deer to participating meat processors. The processor then prepares the meat into two-pound packages, which are then distributed to more than 500 food programs throughout West Virginia by the Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway and the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington.
There are many ways to get involved. HHH is always in need of additional donations of deer, but the program also takes monetary donations as well. Partnering organizations such as the West Virginia Council of Churches, Governor’s One Shot Inc., the West Virginia Trophy Hunters Association, National Rifle Association, the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources help raise donations throughout the year, but individual contributions are always appreciated.
It’s never too late to help our fellow West Virginians in need. Learn more and get involved in HHH today.