In 1997 the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly passed a series of laws that the governor approved. These laws establishing a venison donation program process and along with the Food Bank Good Samaritan act helped pave the way for the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program. The United Bow Hunters of New Jersey (UBNJ) provided much need support for the above measures. A few hunters a year later organized HHH -- Hunters Helping the Hungry, Inc. HHH is a non-profit 501-C3 organization with the help of the State Federation of Sportsmen Clubs, and support from the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. HHH raises funds, and coordinates efforts by butchers, hunters, and food banks throughout New Jersey. Currently a few volunteers help move this program along. We are always looking for ideas, partnerships and volunteers to help in many ways. Funds from HHH only pay for venison donated by hunters! HHH does not pay for any municipal depredation hunts or farmer depredation hunts. Many farmers and corporations do support HHH through generous donations or allowing hunters to hunt their property or requiring hunters who hunt their property to donate deer through this program. Several municipalities, corporations, golf courses, farmers and other organizations may organize hunts that do similar work. Venison to hungry people! HHH funds are not used to help pay for butcher costs for these types of hunts/organizations. The Venison Donation Program established by the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly allows for all of these programs to exist and do good deeds. All butchers that help process venison by any of these groups need to be inspected by the State Health Department. HHH may help from time to time facilitate a worthwhile organization to make contact with known butchers who have been inspected by the New Jersey State Health Department or visa versa. HHH funds are only used for venison donated by hunters who hunt during the normal white tail deer hunting seasons (Bow, muzzleloader, shotgun seasons). HHH only encourages these other programs. The goal is to get more healthy alternatives to the hungry people of New Jersey, which unfortunately there are too many of.
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