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Hunters donating venison to help feed the hungry

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Hunters across the state will soon be heading to their blinds as firearm season kicks off on Wednesday.

While the goal is to bag a buck, many aren't planning on keeping it.

Hunters with Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger plan to donate part or all of their harvest to help feed the hungry.

"Any time we get meat products, it's really awesome. Cause pantries and shelters can always use that," said Jeremiah Janze, food donor coordinator at Hidden Harvest Food Bank.

Hidden Harvest provides many local soup kitchens and shelters with food.

Janze said they get a lot of fresh produce donated, but they would like more meat donated to Hidden Harvest.

"If anybody is interested in donating venison, the only thing we require is that it is processed at a licensed meat processor. And I know there are a number of them within the area," Janze said.

One place you can go to get your meat processed is at Meats and Moore in Bay City.

"Normally we have them drop their deer off and we make all burgers two pound packs, vacuumed sealed. Then we give them to the shelter," said Craig Owczarzak, owner of Meats and Moore.

Owczarzak said many hunters have excess meat so they donate it.

"We're always looking for anybody out there that has good food that's good to use. Just let us know and we'll get it to folks that can use it," Janze said.

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