Hunters Helping the Hungry

Hunters Helping the Hungry is a program that allows hunters to donate whole field-dressed deer at participating processors to be distributed by charitable organizations and food pantries statewide.

Tax-deductible cash contributions to support the program can be made in two ways:

1) Make a contribution online today by selecting the “donate” icon at the bottom of our permits website.

2) Write a check made out to Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, with HHH written in the memo field and mail it to: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, ATTN Hunters Helping the Hungry, 2200 N 33rd St, PO Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503-0370.

Hunters Helping the Hungry Dollars Equal Meals

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We’ve partnered with Farm Focused, a Nebraska-based company, to offer Hunters Helping the Hungry apparel you can wear to show your support; 100% of the profits from every item sold will be donated to HHH program.

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Your cash donations will still be needed. HHH is solely run on donations, so your dollars are critical to ensuring every deer a hunter wants to donate can be processed, and more families get fed. Without enough contributions, we must limit deer donations to what processing fees we can cover; learn more about what that looks like in our 2020 program year report.

Thanks to our previous donors

Since our program’s inception, Hunters Helping the Hungry has provided more than 700,000 meals  (1/4 lb. serving of venison) because with your donations! Working together, we can keep that number rising!

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How to donate a deer

Hunters can donate a deer at a contracted processor beginning with the first day of the deer archery season, and ending on the day after the late antlerless deer season ends. However, some contracted processors may only accept deer for a part of this period. Hunters are reminded that any donated deer must be legally harvested with any valid Nebraska deer permit and checked through Telecheck or at a November firearm check station. Hunters may keep the deer head, antlers and cape, but should contact a contracted processor to discuss removal of those portions. The program will not pay for removal. There is no limit to the number of deer a hunter may donate, however the number of deer donated at a processor location may be limited based on the available program funds to pay for the processing.

Participating processors

Nebraska Game and Parks seeks applications from interested processors each year. Interested processors may apply before July 7. Selected processors are announced each August.

Use the interactive map below to find locations of and details about participating processors:


2021-2022 processors include:

  • Amherst – Belschner Custom Meats
  • Diller – Diller Locker
  • Franklin – Franklin Locker
  • Grand Island – Nielsen’s Processing
  • Lindsay – Melcher’s Locker
  • North Bend – North Bend Locker (starting Nov. 13)
  • North Platte – Kelley’s Custom Pack
  • Spalding – Bernt’s Custom Processing
  • Table Rock – Den’s Country Meats
  • Ulysses – The Butchery


Since processing costs must be covered by donated funds, contracts limit the number of deer processors can accept annually. Only deer expected to yield at least 40 pounds of ground venison may be donated. Only whole, field-dressed deer can be accepted; hunters may not keep any venison.

Frequently asked questions

More information about donating deer, receiving deer, participating processors, restrictions and more can be found on our Hunters Helping the Hungry FAQ page.

Thanks to our start-up donors

In 2021, the program received $10,000 from the BassPro Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, $5,000 from Scheels, and FarmFocused contributed $1,500 in donated profits from sales of HHH Gear.

The Hunters Helping the Hungry program is very grateful to the following donors who contributed more than $30,000 combined to support the program in its first year: Cabela’s Club VISA, CBSHome, the David Scott Foundation, HOME Real Estate, HomeServices of America, Inc., the Metropolitan Utilities District, Northern Natural Gas, Tenaska Marketing Ventures, and Woods Brothers Realty.


For more information, email or call her at 402-471-5431.