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 MDA and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), provides an excellent source of protein to people in need and supports management efforts of local deer populations.

White Tail Deer

Information for hunters:

Hunters interested in donating can find more information on DNR’s external links on this page. To find a processor registered to accept donated deer, go to Current List of Registered Meat Processing Facilities for Venison Donation.

Information for meat processors:

Licensed meat processors are eligible to receive reimbursement for deer processed for donation if they meet certain requirements. To participate, a processor must first register with the MDA. For more information, go to Processor Participation Requirements.

Information for charitable organizations:

Food charities in Minnesota are able to receive venison for distribution through this program. Charities must register with the program and report to the MDA the number of donations they receive and distribute on a regular basis. For more information, go to Charitable Organizations Participating Requirements.