Make #GivingTuesday count by supporting Share the Harvest
Many Missourians are working reduced hours or not at all as a result of COVID-19 precautions, making once stable families unsure of where their next meal may come from. The need to help feed hungry families is not only ongoing, but a growing priority in our state.
Share the Harvest is a program operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) since 1992. The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation is pleased to partner with CFM this Giving Tuesday to support Share the Harvest.
The Share the Harvest program provides an easy way for hunters to donate deer to provide a healthy, lean protein source to families in need, while also controlling the deer population of Missouri. When hunters deliver a deer to an approved processing plant, they may choose to donate a portion or all the meat to the project. Once processed, the meat is transferred to local food banks and food pantries for distribution to families in need. Processing fees are covered by local sponsors, corporate sponsors, and individuals like you.
Last deer season, hunters donated 348,535 pounds of venison to Share the Harvest through more than 100 participating processing facilities. That total donation includes 6,795 whole deer and represents approximately 1.3 million servings of meat provided to hungry men, women, and children statewide.
Want to Help?
- Consider donating $75 right now to cover the cost of processing one whole deer into ready-to-use finished product. If you are unable to donate that amount, consider donating what you can to support the program.
- If you are a hunter interested in donating a deer, check out the details and find processing facilities at MDC Share the Harvest.
- Share this giving campaign with your friends or become a fundraising partner with us!
CFM Executive Director Tyler Schwartze added, “We greatly appreciate the hunters, processors, and sponsors for their support of Share the Harvest. The donated venison stays in the local areas where the deer were harvested so it truly is helping out neighbors in need.”