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Hunt for the Hungry

WAUSAU (WAOW) --  While many hunters will be whipping up their very own venison recipes, some have decided to donate their deer to the needy.

 Tom Heise owns Custom Meats in Marathon.  But, he doesn't just sell meat.  He accepts donations from hunters, to give to the hungry.

"Generally people kill two or three deer and they will utilize one or two of them. Then they have no problem donating the third to a good cause," Heise explains.

Since last weekend, Heise has received about forty donated deer.

"That's a good number," Heise says.

The Hunt for the Hungry program is in its 17th year.  Over the years, it has resulted in more than 600 tons of deer meat sent to food pantries across the state.

"They have such a waiting line for people wanting to get it," Heise says.

In Wausau, leaders at the Salvation Army say every donation is valuable.

"The more we can get in as donations, the more we can give out," Capt. Brian Goodwill from the Salvation Army says.

But, Heise's store is just one drop off location.  Hunters can drop off their latest kill to many places around the area--for free.  The meat is then processed, packaged and shipped off to pantries.

"We call the food pantries and tell them that it is ready and they usually come within a day because there is such a high demand for it," Heise explains.

And the high demand has people lining up for the healthy, filling food.

Click here for a full list of drop of locations by county.

 

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