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Oklahoma Hunters Join Forces To End Hunger

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Hunters are donating their deer meat to help feed hungry Oklahomans. Hunters are donating their deer meat to help feed hungry Oklahomans.
Hunters simply pay a $10 processing fee and participating taxidermists will provide ground venison to people in need. Hunters simply pay a $10 processing fee and participating taxidermists will provide ground venison to people in need.

Jacqueline Sit, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Cold weather doesn't bother hunters, especially when they know the time spent outdoors could help feed thousands of families across the state.

This time last year, hunters across Oklahoma donated about 43,000 pounds of food to their neighbors.

The need has grown over the years, but so has the Oklahoma standard.

Hunter George Moore has taken what he's hunted to feed the hungry for decades.

"We have to harvest so many deer and sometimes, like myself, like my family, we can only have so much deer so we donate it to people who are needy," Moore said.

Moore is one of thousands of Hunters Against Hunger in Oklahoma.

Here's how the program works; hunters who harvest a deer this season can take it to a participating local meat processor, pay $10 for the processing charge and the ground venison will go to people in need.

Last year, hunters donated enough meat to make nearly 170,000 meals for families throughout the state.

"It was a way that a lot of people can take care of excess deer that they have on their property and without going to waste, it actually goes into a good program," Owner of Terry's Taxidermy, Terry Mayberry, said.

Mayberry and his long-time family business has been involved in the fight against hunger since the start of the Regional Food Bank Of Oklahoma program and ever year it's a gift that just keeps on giving.

"It makes you feel good and be part of something like this, but you know it helps the people in need, especially this time of the year," Mayberry said.

So far, Terry's taxidermy has more than 10,000 pounds of donated food to the food bank and he's hoping they can reach 12,000 this year to help more families.

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