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Hunters Donate Venison To The Hungry

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- For thousands of hunters across Michigan, firearm season arrived at dawn Friday morning.

For more than 20 years, Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger teams up with local processors and hunters to feed thousands of people across mid-Michigan by donating venison to food banks. 

"[Hunters] can drop off the whole deer. They just drop it off and everything gets turned into ground," said Merindorf Meats and More owner Linn Merindorf. "It goes to food banks and shelters."

Last year alone, hunting season turned 30,000 pounds of donated venison into more than 150,000 meals for the hungry in Michigan. 

From processors, the venison gets shipped out to nearly a dozen food banks across the state, including the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

"It's ground up, sort of like your hamburger meat would be ground up," said Kim Gladstone, the Greater Lansing Food Bank's external relations manager. "It's ground up and put into one pound packages and it's sent over to us and we put it in the system, so it's more protein that goes into the system."

All meat at the food bank comes from donations. In 2012, the Greater Lansing Food Bank received about 1,000 pounds of venison during hunting season. 

"We don't get meat any other way, so this is a wonderful addition to the food bank system and our agencies really appreciate any type of protein we can get out," Gladstone said.

For more information, or where you can donate your deer, visit Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger's website

For more information, or to donate to the Greater Lansing Food Bank, visit the non-profit organization's website.

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