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Hunters for the Hungry

One in five Texas families struggle to put enough food on the table. Hunters for the Hungry aims to put an end to their hunt for food.

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Hunters for the hungry


Hunters for the Hungry fights hunger and promotes environmental stewardship  by distributing donated venison to Texans in need.


Through the program, hunters can drop off legally tagged, field-dressed whitetail or mule deer to participating meat processors. The partner processors prepare the venison for distribution through local food banks.


Hunters for the Hungry has provided over 

10 million servings of venison to hungry Texans. 

Hunters can help by:

• Bringing your legally tagged, field-dressed whitetail or mule deer to a participating meat processor. There is no cost to you!  

     Victoria: Harwell's Custom Processing (361-575-5106)

     Westhoff: Buesing Deer Processing (361-275-4176)

• Donating online or when you purchase your Texas hunting license. Your donation supports programming costs and meat processing fees.

Processors can help by:

• Becoming a participating processor by contacting your local food bank to sign up.


Prior to each hunting season, partner processors will receive donation receipts, two-pound chub packs for donated venison, and promotional materials. Processors are reimbursed at a market rate that is negotiated in an annual Hunters For The Hungry agreement with the food bank.



Due to state and federal health regulations, Hunters for the Hungry is not able to accept donations of feral hog.

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A recipe card titled "Cowboy Grub" with a list of ingredients and instructions.

"About 25 years ago, when my kids were picky eaters, I told them I would fix Grub, the kind of food cowboys ate on wagon trains. Well, it worked. In fact, it's still working today. Even though they are all grown up, Grub is still fixed at their homes. I still fix it too, on hunting and fishing trips, and camp outs."


Dodd Bowling
FT. Worth, Texas

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