(State) The state Department of Natural Resources says the program, called “Hush”, which stands for Help Us Stop Hunger, involves hunters bringing in a whole deer that will be processed into packages of ground meet. Jim Coffey, who coordinates the program for the DNR, says,
“The hush program was designed essentially to be a deer management program for the DNR with a great social implication of the fact that hunters have always treasured the fact that we harvest a natural resource that’s renewable and then we can consume it. In this case it allows Iowans to be generous and donate some of that meat to the people that need it more than they do.”
Coffey says the Food Bank of Iowa coordinates the distribution of the meat to local food pantries. Go to iowahush.com for details.
Iowa hunters have donated more than 56,000 deer to the program since it began. More than 5,200 deer were donated last year, resulting in 80,000 meals.
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