Over the past several years, Georgia’s charitable deer donation program has suffered. This year, they suspended deer processing completely.
To fill this void, groups are joining together to once again make the charitable giving of sportsmen less of a headache and more of an effective program on the ground and in their local communities.
For starters, the Georgia Hunting and Fishing Federation, the Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International and GONetwork have joined together to create the framework for a program called the Sportsman’s Pantry.
More than $15,000 has been raised to reimburse cooperating deer processors for processing donated deer. To help the Sportsman’s Pantry get off to a good start, these processors have agreed to be reimbursed only $1 per pound of venison they grind this year.
Processors working directly with the Sportsman’s Pantry include:
3960 Southside Drive
4227 Highway 142
Hick’s Deer Processing
1108 Crawford-Smithonia Road
Wildlife Reflections Processing
2381 Highway 36 E
Scotty’s Deer Barn
358 Norristown-Covena Road
Many other groups work locally, independently, doing the same good work. They include processors Hilsman’s, in McDonough, and Statesboro First United Methodist Church, and many, many more.
Expect the list above to grow. This information will be available and updated on the GON website and Facebook page.
If you have a program you would like to be included in our list of organizations who donate venison, or if you would like to contribute funds to the program or become a cooperating processor, contact GONetwork by email at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.