Illinois Deer hunters donate 72,000 pounds of venison to food banks

February 28, 2007 -- SPRINGFIELD
Deer hunters in Illinois donated more than 72,000
pounds of venison to the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger (ISAH) Program during the
2006-07 deer season, providing more than 280,000 meals to needy people in the state.

Since its inception in 1989, ISAH has received donations of more than 359,000 pounds of
venison thanks to the generosity of deer hunters in the state. The program allows hunters
to donate deer they harvest to provide venison for distribution to food banks, food pantries
and charitable organizations during the autumn and early winter deer seasons each year.

“We salute the hunters and meat processors in the state who participate in the Illinois
Sportsmen Against Hunger program for their generosity and their commitment to helping
needy families,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Acting Director Sam
Flood. “Nearly 1.4 million meals have been provided over the years because hunters and
other donors to the program have been willing to help.”

The IDNR and the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) allow hunters to donate deer
through participating meat processors and encourage hunters and others to make
tax-deductible $50 contributions through the ICF to help cover the cost of processing the
deer meat.

Monetary donations to Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger can be made to the Illinois
Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271. The
funds help cover the costs of processing venison by nearly 50 participating meat
processors throughout the state.

A list of meat processors handling venison for the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger
Program is available on the IDNR web site

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