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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 (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.

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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

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    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
    http://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
    315-437-1899
          
    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
    Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520
    845-534-5256
    www.foodbankofhudsonvalley.org
     

     

     

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