Columbiana County Chapter
The Columbiana County Chapter of Farmers and Hungers Feeding the
Hungry is reminding hunters to donate deer to the Community Action Agency
and the County Dept. of Job and Family Services food pantries.
The venison will be given to needy families via the CCDJFS and CAA food pantries.
Deer must be processed by an Ohio Dept. of Agriculture approved meat
The processing fee is paid by the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of Farmers and
Hunters Feeding the Hungry, so there is no cost to the hunter other than time and fuel to take the deer to the processor. Hunters cannot donate deer that they have butchered themselves.
Deer can be taken to the following meat processors:
Horst Packing, 3535 Renkenberger Road, Columbiana, Ohio at
330/482-2997. Horst will accept deer from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday
330/222-1112. Winona will accept deer Tuesday through Friday from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. closed on Sundays.
Total households served 668 873
Total individuals served 2,004 2,104Total packs of venison disbursed 804 1,679
This project is a collaboration of the Columbiana County
Federation of Conservation Clubs, the Columbiana County Dept. of Job
and Family Services, the Community Action Agency and the Northeast
Chapter of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.
Continued high unemployment and a poor regional economy caused the
two agencies to ask the County Federation of Conservation Clubs for
help in setting up a deer donation program to feed needy people.
Division of Wildlife is matching funds raised by
local chapters again
this year which is really a big help as raising funds for the processing is
tough in this economy. Trumbull County is starting its own chapter and
has a new coordinator whose name is Rob Mintzer. So if any of
your members hunt in Trumbull County and would want to donate
a deer shot there to the Trumbull County chapter, they can go to the
FHFH website and get his contact information.
Eileen Dray Bardon, CCDJFS Director, notes, Deer are a
renewable resource and an excellent source of protein.
The funds we save because of the donated deer can be used for
other types of emergency assistance. Tom Butch, a member of the County
Federation of Conservation Clubs believes this program offers hunters
who really like to hunt a reason to take an extra deer since the
extra deer can be donated to a good cause.It's a win-win situation
for the hunters, the agencies, and the families they serve.
As far as we know, we're the only Federation in Ohio working with
our Community Action Agency and our County Dept. of Job and Family
Services to sponsor the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the
Hungry program. said Butch. Once hunting season concludes the
program partners will report on the number of deer donated and
families provided with the ground venison.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife gave a grant to the
national Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry so that any
Ohio FHFH chapter can apply for matching funds as it raises
money for deer processing. This will be a big help to Ohio
FHFH chapters this hunting season. The Ohio Division
of Wildlife wants to reduce the deer population in Ohio
and helping to cover the costs of processing meat for
food pantries is one way to do that.