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Hunters for the Hungry program helps food banks this holiday season

News Editor

jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com

CONYERS -- Deer hunters can again this year help put food on the table for those in need through a donation to the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program.

Since 1993, hunters through the program have donated enough venison to serve more than 1.5 million meals. The program worked with deer hunters offering a whole deer to participating processors to give.

This deer season, hunters are asked to give a portion of the processed deer through the "Drop-Back-a-Pack" campaign at one of 12 participating processors through Jan. 15, 2012.

Instead of donating a whole field-dressed deer, hunters are asked to donate a portion, or "a pack" of their processed deer. Hunters are welcome to give as many processed "packs" as they can provide, according to Georgia Wildlife Resources Division.

Monetary donations are also being accepted to support the program. Contributions may be made online at the Georgia Wildlife Federation's Web site, www.gwf.org. All hunters who donate either a venison pack or financially during this collection period will be entered into a drawing for a deer rifle, sponsored by the Georgia Wildlife Federation.

A list of participating deer processors is available at the www.gohuntgeorgia.com. The Wildlife Resources Division also reminds hunters to check with other deer processors on whether they are participating in other donation programs.

For more information on donating food to those in need during other times of the year, call the Atlanta Community Food Bank at 404-892-FEED. For more information on the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com or www.gwf.org.

Information is also available at any Wildlife Resources Division game management office or by calling 770-761-3045.