BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A group of Louisiana hunters is hoping to reach a new goal this year in deer donations for food banks.

The group, Hunters For The Hungry (H4H), accepts deer donations from processors during the hunting season and then gives them to food banks. Last year, the group collected over 800 deer but hopes to raise the goal to 1,000 this year, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

“So many of our hunters want to fill their own freezers but then continue to partake in the remainder of the hunting season. This program is the perfect way to continue to hunt throughout the season but also give back to your community” says Julie Grunewald, executive director of H4H. “Additionally, hunters and landowners are advised by LDWF to monitor the number of deer that are on their property.  Our program provides an avenue to keeping a healthy herd of deer on your property and donating what needs to be harvested.”

The program goes beyond just deer — H4H is asking fishermen in Venice to donate some of their catch to Venice Marina. The group said the marina will clean and process the fish for no additional cost.

Donations go to Louisiana’s five major food banks, shelters, kitchens, and other agencies, according to H4H.

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