As Kentucky sportsmen and women head out for deer hunting season starting November 10, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is encouraging them to consider donating their harvest to a charitable feeding agency as part of the second annual “Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry” Week in Kentucky Nov. 10 - 17.

“It is an unfortunate reality that one in six Kentuckians is food insecure,” said Quarles. “Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry serves a critical role in the fight against hunger and helping maintain a responsible deer herd in our state. I encourage Kentucky’s sportsmen and women to consider donating a deer or funds to their organization during Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry Week.”

KHFH is a statewide hunger relief program dedicated to providing a healthy source of protein to needy Kentuckians. KHFH’s mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Kentucky by processing and distributing donated venison to those in need, to provide an outlet for hunters to help their communities, and to promote environmental stewardship through wildlife management.

KHFH administers the “Kentucky Whitetail Access” program, established in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Kentucky Whitetail Access matches hunters with landowners — most often farmers — who are in need of deer population control on their property. KHFH receives the deer taken under the program, and processing is covered by Kentucky Farm Bureau, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and private donors.

Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry was founded in 2000. In recent years, the average annual donated harvest has risen to 60,000 to 70,000 pounds of processed venison, an amount that translates into 560,000 meals.

Learn more about Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry by visiting their website at kyhuntersforthehungry.info.