The program, now in its 19th season, could take up to 10,000 deer after $250,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits from the state and $350,000 from the governor’s office and the Missouri Association of Food Banks.
The Share the Harvest program subsidizes the cost of butchering and packaging whole deer that are donated by Missouri hunters. Hunters who wish to participate take their deer to an approved processor and designate how much venison they would like to donate. The Conservation Federation in turn, reimburses the state approved processors up to $60.00 for their efforts.
Last year 4,200 deer were donated to Share the Harvest. Firearms deer season opens November 13th.