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How Venison is Donated

Hunters and farmers are able to donate an entire deer or a portion of their deer to the Venison Donation Coalition.  Click on Find a Processor to locate one near you.  CALL AHEAD to make sure the processor is open and accepting deer.  Once you have your deer properly field dressed and legally tagged, you can bring it to one of our processors near your home or where you hunt. Whole deer donations are greatly appreciated but not required.  There is NO COST TO THE HUNTER/FARMER for the processing fees of donated venison.

How Venison is Distributed

The Venison Donation Coalition, Inc. distributes  venison through the eight regional food banks serving the different counties throughout New York State. Without the Food Banks, the Venison Donation Program would have a difficult time getting the venison to those in need. The food banks pick up the venison from the participating processors and distribute it through its member agencies (soup kitchens, food pantries, churches, senior living, etc.) to those in need.

The Food Banks are directed statewide by the Food Bank Association of New York State (www.foodbankassocnys.org) The Association serves as its statewide coordinator in food and funding donations, interactive with farmers, manufacturers, food producers and various trade associations and other not-for profits, such as the Venison Donation Coalition.

Your Deer, Your Community. You BET!

To receive venison, you must contact the food bank that serves your community. See the listing below.

INDIVIDUALS

If you are in need of venison, please contact the food bank serving your area to find out what member agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, etc.) are distributing venison in your community.

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Non-profit organizations that would like to participate in the distribution of ground venison to those in need should contact the Food Bank in their area to find out how to become a member agency.

Food banks provide goods and services to soup kitchens, shelters, and food pantries in your local communities. After becoming a member agency, venison is available from food banks via their menus and distribution network.

Certain information is required to accompany wild game donations when given to a charitable organization. The meat package/wrapping must be clearly tagged, labeled, or marked with the following information:

  • a statement “NOT FOR SALE”
  • the type of meat (i.e. venison)
  • the license number of the hunter/deer carcass number
  • the name and address of the professional processor of the game
  • the date of processing
Food Bank of Western New York
91 Holt Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
716-852-1305
www.foodbankwny.org
Food Bank of Northeastern New York
965 Albany-Shaker Road
Latham, NY 12110
518-786-3691
www.regionalfoodbank.net
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, NY 14903
607-796-6061
www.foodbankst.org
Long Island Cares, Inc.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank
10 Davids Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-582-3663
www.licares.org
Food Bank for New York City
355 Food Cantor Drive
Bronx, NY 10475
718-991-4300
www.foodbanknyc.org
Foodlink, Inc.
1999 Mt. Read Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14615
585-328-3380
www.foodlinkny.org
Food Bank of Central New York
7066 Interstate Island Rd.
Syracuse, NY 13209
315-437-7899
www.foodbankcny.org
The Food Bank for Westchester, Inc.
358 Saw Mill River Road
Millwood, NY 10546
914-923-1100
www.foodbankforwestchester.org
Food Bank of Hudson Valley
195 Hudson Street
Corwall-on-Hundson, NY 12520
845-534-5256
www.foodbankofhudsonvalley.org
City Harvest
6 East 32nd St., 5th Floor
New York, NY 10016
646-412-0600
www.cityharvest.org
Island Harvest Food Bank
40 Marcus Blvd.
Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-873-4775
www.islandharvest.org