Illinois Extension presents:
Learn how to be part of a successful deer donation program
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[March 18, 2023]
In response to rising food and meat
prices and the challenges food pantries have in obtaining meat,
University of Illinois Extension, along with key partners, launched
the Illinois Deer Donation Program in 2022.
12-county pilot program fought food insecurity by matching
hunters in East Central Illinois with meat processors and food
Extension is presenting a live online webinar summarizing the
outcomes of the inaugural program on April 19, from Noon to
12:45 p.m. Information covered will include pounds of meat
donated, number of pantries reached, and plans for next year.
Food pantry operators, hunters, conservation agencies, and
potential meat processors who want to be involved in future
donation programs are encouraged to participate.
Those interested in attending can register at go.illinois.edu/DeerDonationRecap
The Illinois Deer Donation Program is supported by the Health
Equity Achieved Together Project, a multi-disciplinary
collaboration with University of Illinois SNAP-Ed. The objective
of the presentation is to increase awareness of the program and
the role food donation plays in the food security of a
community. Participants will also gain an understanding of the
steps of a successful donation program, and the relationship
between hunters, food pantries, and meat processors. There will
be time allotted for questions and answers.
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For more information or if reasonable accommodation
is needed to participate, please contact Caitlin Mellendorf or call
217-877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow
sufficient time for meeting access needs.
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and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions,
and adapt to changes and opportunities.
[Caitlin Mellendorf, Nutrition and
Wellness Educator, Illinois Extension]