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Deer Donation Program: First-Year Recap Presentation

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Learn about the role food donation plays in community food security. 

Learn about outcomes of Illinois Extension’s inaugural program to increase community access to lean protein through donation of harvested deer. Presenters will share data highlighting the program’s success, including pounds of meat donated, number of pantries reached, and plans for next year. Food pantry operators, hunters, conservation agencies, and potential meat processors who want to be involved in future donation programs are encouraged to participate.

Participants will gain an understanding of the steps of a successful donation program and the relationship between hunters, food pantries, and meat processors. There will be time allotted for questions and answers.

For more information or if reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, please contact Caitlin Mellendorf or call 217-877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access needs.

The Illinois Deer Donation Program is supported by the Health Equity Achieved Together Project, a multi-disciplinary collaboration with University of Illinois SNAP-Ed.