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Cash donations needed so Hunters Helping the Hungry can feed Nebraskans

LINCOLN, Neb. – It is time to feed the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission seeks cash donations to this endeavor so it can continue to provide deer meat to those in need.

Established in 2012 by the Nebraska Legislature, HHH is a program that provides ground venison to Nebraskans in need of protein. It allows hunters to donate whole, field-dressed deer at participating meat processors. Several charities then distribute the venison to Nebraskans. Hunters pay no processing costs. HHH is funded solely by tax-deductible contributions from individuals, businesses or organizations.

In 2017, hunters donated a record 734 deer, which produced 35,476 pounds of venison for Nebraskans – enough for 142,000 meals.

“Donations of protein-rich foods are especially appreciated at Food Bank for the Heartland because they are less frequently given, and they provide valuable nutrients for our clients,” said Susan Ogborn, president and CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland. “Since 2015, we have received 21,558 pounds of venison from the Hunters Helping the Hungry program to feed at-risk children, families and seniors here in the Heartland. We hope the community will continue supporting this program that is positively impacting our hungry neighbors.”

There are two ways to make cash donations:

— Visit OutdoorNebraska.org, click on Buy a Permit at the top of the page, and then scroll to the Donate button at the bottom of the page.

— Write a check payable to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, with HHH in the memo field and mail it to: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, ATTN Hunters Helping the Hungry, 2200 N. 33rd St., PO Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503-0370.

Learn more about the program at OutdoorNebraska.org/HHH or contact the program coordinator, Teresa Lombard, at 402 471-5430 or teresa.lombard@nebraska.gov.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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