(WXYZ) — Michigan deer hunters donated a record amount of venison to feed hungry families.
Hunters donated 58,355 pounds of venison last year to Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger. It was enough meat to provide 233,420 meals.
“Michigan hunters who have donated deer to feed the hungry of our state continue a practice going back to settlement days when hunters provided for those who could not provide for themselves,” said Dean Hall, MSAH executive director, in a press release. “We are so grateful to all hunters who stepped up and shared their harvest.”
Since MSAH’s creation in 1991, hunters have donated over 746,005 pounds of ground venison.
The Sportsmen Against Hunger Fund was established in 2005 and cleared the way for sportsmen and women to make donations to the food program when buying hunting and fishing licenses.