How Venison is Distributed

The Venison Donation Coalition, Inc. distributes ground 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 ground venison to those in need. The food banks pick up the ground 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 ( 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.

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


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 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

Food Bank of Northeastern New York
965 Albany-Shaker Road
Latham, NY 12110

Food Bank of the
Southern Tier
388 Upper Oakwood Ave
Elmira, NY 14903

Long Island Cares, Inc.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank
10 Davids Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Food Bank for New York City
355 Food Cantor Drive
Bronx, NY 10475

Foodlink, Inc.
1999 Mt. Read Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14615

Food Bank of Central New York
7066 interstate Island Rd.
Syracuse, NY 13209

The Food Bank for Westchester, Inc.
358 Saw Mill River Road
Millwood, NY 10546

Food Bank of Hudson Valley
195 Hudson Street
Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520