Hunters for the Hungry (HFTH) is a partnership between the Georgia Wildlife Federation, Georgia Wildlife Resources Division of DNR and the Georgia Food Bank Association that has provided over a million meals to hungry Georgians. HFTH allows hunters to donate field-dressed deer to processors, who then distribute the processed meat to food banks throughout Georgia. With 13 processing sites around the state, HFTH helps Georgians in need, as well as hunters trying to correctly manage their deer harvest. Over the past 24 years, this program has provided meals to more than 1,088,748 hungry Georgians, and processed over 362,916 pounds of venison. That’s almost 11% of Georgia’s population being effected by HFTH!
How to participate:
Hunters interested in participating in the program can bring field-dressed deer to any of the designated drop-off locations between October 21 – January 14. The drop-off locations are listed below.
Billy and Son’s Processing, 423 Johnson Street, Portal, GA 30450, 912-531-5175
Community Freezer Locker, 1719 Fordham Rd., Brooklet, GA 30415, 912-839-9009
Daffin’s Meat Processing, 914 Neil Drive, Columbus, GA 31904, 706-322-8848
Garner’s Grinder, 18639 Hwy 16, Sparta, GA 31087, 706-444-9228
Lee’s Processing, 461 Dove Ln, Axson, GA 31624, 912-422-3079
The Meat Shed, 235 New Phoenix Rd., Eatonton, Ga. 31024, 478-258-0019
Mossey Creek Outdoors, 2788 Americus Hwy, Dawson, GA 39842, 229-995-4109
Starley’s Deer Processing, 190 George Hatcher Rd, Irwinton, GA 31042, 478-946-8976
Steve Bishop Taxidermy & Deer Processing, 1814 Hwy 11 South, Covington, GA 30014, 770-787-0840
Stewart’s Quality Meats, 204 Washington St., Vidalia, GA, 912-537-9888
Zoeller’s Deer Processing, 1123 Indigo Road, Springfield, GA 31329, 912-665-0427
Apple Valley Meat Processing, 5675 S Apple Valley Rd. Jefferson, GA, 30549, 706-355-9304
Georgia’s Best Processing, 1562 Autumn Rd, Fort Valley, 31030, 478-825-7664
Holifields Deer Processing, 2536 Hwy 81 S, Covington, 30014, 770-788-1114
Make a donation:
If you would like to make a donation to support the cost of processing for next year (a deer costs roughly $50 to process), you may mail a check to the Georgia Wildlife Federation and mark it Hunters For The Hungry or use our online giving options.
For more information, visit www.gwf.org.
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