- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Hunters for the Hungry says deer meat donations are down by more than 11 tons compared to last year.

The nonprofit says on its website that 140,472 pounds had been donated as of Dec. 16. That’s the lowest total in 17 years.

The Free Lance-Star (http://bit.ly/1wT3NjV ) reports that the organization had hoped to process about 370,000 pounds of meat this hunting season. It’s sending letters to hunters who previously provided deer to help make up the shortfall.

Hunters for the Hungry pays a minimum fee to processors to prepare the meat and then distributes it to food banks, pantries and other feeding programs across Virginia.

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Online:

Hunters for the Hungry: www.h4hungry.org

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/

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