The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri has expressed their thanks to the thousands of Missouri deer hunters who donated 259,414 pounds of venison to the state’s Share the Harvest program this past deer season, including 4,855 whole deer.

The MDC and CFM also have offered their appreciation to the more than 100 participating meat processors throughout the state who grind the donated deer meat into ready-to-use packages.

The donated deer meat goes to local food banks and food pantries to help feed hungry Missourians all around the state.

Since the program was started in 1992, Share the Harvest has provided more than 4 million pounds of lean, healthy venison to help feed hungry Missourians, including this past season’s donations and 289,292 pounds of venison donated the year before.