The Eastern Shore Chapter of the Virginia Hungers for the Hungry will begin their 16th season of service to residents of the Shore.
The program raises funds necessary to pay the processing cost for deer donated by local hunters. The deer is processed into packages of ground meat and distributed through the Food Bank in Onley.
This years program will begin receiving deer on November 2 through the deer hunting season. The deer may be taken to refrigerated trailers at the Food Bank in Tasley or B&B Market in Machipongo. They also may be taken to the local processor, Brent Powell in Wachapreague. The deer must be field dressed and properly registered.
The program pays $45 per deer processing costs discounted from the going price of $80 a deer. Currently there are matching funds available for local businesses, clubs and groups. This organization is a 501-c-3, making donations deductible. The management expense is very low to maximize funds available for processing.
A local chapter is requesting both deer and financial donations to allow the program to continue this year.
Donations can be sent to Hunters for the Hungry, PO Box 1702, Parksley, Va. 23421. You can contact Worth Saunders at 710-0049 or log onto the organizations web site at h4hungry.org.