As the deer firearm season came to an end in 2012, local food banks are starting to see the benefits. According to the Associated Press, Missouri's Share the Harvest program is bringing in record donations to local food pantries.
The Share the Harvest Program is on track to distribute 400,000 pounds of donated meat throughout all of Missouri, including here in the Tri-States.
In these freezers, you'll see a massive amount of venison. There's more than one thousand pounds of meet at the First Baptist Church's Food Pantry and organizer Nina Porter said it's needed.
"Well sometimes that's the only meat we will have except for a little bit of USDA food or meat. And not everybody will get USDA," she said.
Like all food pantries, Porter said this one is also running low on items. The Pantry is helping about one thousand people per month, and the demand only grew over the holidays.
"We've seen it more this year because the economy is so bad. We've had nine new families come in this year in December," Porter said.
She also said each family will be very appreciative of the gift from the Share the Harvest campaign.
"Well I know that there at least going to get 4 pounds of deer meat per family. And those who want the deer meat are really thrilled to get it," she said.
The distribution day for the First Baptist Church's Food Pantry is on Thursday. @
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