The Minnesota Hunter Harvested Venison Donation Program allows Minnesota deer hunters to donate deer carcasses to food banks, food shelves and feeding programs. This program, which is a cooperative effort between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), provides an excellent source of protein to people in need while helping reduce local deer populations.
Hunters interested in donating can go to the DNR’s website for more information on the requirements of the program.
Meat processors are eligible to receive $70 reimbursement per deer processed for donation if they meet the following requirements:
Requirements for Meat Processors
Food charities in Minnesota are able to receive venison for distribution through this program. Charities must register with the program and report to MDA the number of donations they receive and distribute on a regular basis.
Guidelines for Charitable Organizations
Proper Handling & Cooking of Venison
Nicole Neeser, DVM, MPH
Dairy, Meat & Poultry Inspection Program Manager
Meat & Poultry Inspection Program Supervisor
Dairy & Food Inspection Division