November 13, 2018
Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger is asking hunters to donate venison to those in need during an event at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare on Nov. 16-18.
The event runs from noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 16-17 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at Jay’s Sporting Goods, 8880 S. Clare Ave. in Clare. Hunters who donate a deer will be entered to win a $500 Jay’s Sporting Goods gift card (some restrictions apply).
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Food Bank Council of Michigan, and deer processor Carson Village Market also are partnering in the event.
Since 1991, Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger, an all-volunteer nonprofit, helps connect donors, wild game processors and charities to feed those in need.
“Since the beginning, an estimated 637,000 pounds of donated venison — which equates to more than 3 million meals — has helped food banks, pantries and shelters fight hunger in Michigan,” says Ray Rustem, who coordinates the DNR's participation in the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger program. “We encourage hunters to consider donating. Each deer donated will provide more than 125 meals.”
Hunters who want to donate a deer but can’t make it to the event at Jay’s can find a list of participating processors throughout the state at sportsmenagainsthunger.org.
Hunters also can make a monetary donation when they buy a hunting license, which helps offset the cost of processing, packaging and transporting donated venison.
For more information, contact Ray Rustem at 517-420-0005.
Source: Michigan DNR
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