MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Hunters across the Black Belt are encouraged to participate in the inaugural Black Belt Hunters Food Drive over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association (ALBBAA) is asking hunters to participate in the Hunters Helping the Hungry program from Friday until Monday. The program, which began in 1999, has donated nearly half a million pounds of venison to food banks across the state since.
“We know this past year has been difficult for many and we hope this targeted weekend will assist in providing healthy, organic and ground venison to families in need all across the Black Belt region,” said Pam Swanner, Director of the ALBBAA.
ALBBAA says seven processors are participating in the HHH program within the Black Belt along with 15 food banks participating within the region:
- Buckster’s Deer Processing in Montgomery County
- M & S Wildlife Services in Choctaw County
- Nichols Deer Processing in Dallas County
- Richey’s Deer Processing in Hale County
- Johns Deer Processing in Lee County
- Milliron’s Deer Processing in Russell County
- Venison LLC in Wilcox County
For a full list of participating processors and food banks, please visit this website. https://www.outdooralabama.com/programs/hunters-helping-hungry
There is no charge to the hunter for processing the deer.
Those who donate a deer to the program during the drive and tag Alabama Black Belt Adventures on Facebook or Instagram will be entered into a random drawing for a donated antler mount, according to ALBBAA.