Delaware Hunters Against Hunger

Delaware’s deer hunters share part of their harvest each year with Delawareans in need. They provide thousands of pounds of venison through the Delaware Hunters Against Hunger program.

A DNREC staff person hands boxes of processed deer meet to a volunteer at a distribution hub.
Delivering boxes of venison to a food distribution hub.

All donated deer are processed into ground venison, free of charge. The meat is distributed to participating charitable groups.

The program only accepts deer harvested and registered in Delaware.

The effort began in Delaware in 1992 as “Sportsmen Against Hunger,” a coalition of sporting groups and DNREC. It has provided more than two million meals to needy Delawareans.

Charitable organizations wishing to receive donated venison should contact the program at 302-284-4795.

Donating Deer

Hunters drop off donated deer at participating butcher shops or at coolers maintained by the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife.

The coolers are self-serve, walk-in units. Each has a posted phone number for hunters to report their donation and alert DNREC staff to retrieve the donation and take it for processing.

Deer dropped off at a cooler must be field-dressed and registered by the hunter. The registration number must be written on the field tag attached to the deer.

The coolers are frequently checked. Donated deer are taken to private butcher shops or the butcher shop at the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown.

Walk-in Coolers

New Castle County

Augustine Wildlife Area
303 North Congress Street
Port Penn, DE 19731

Kent County

Little Creek Wildlife Area
3018 Bayside Drive
Dover, DE 19901

Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area
782 Kersey Road
Viola, DE 19979

Mosquito Control Office
1161 Airport Road
Milford, DE 19963

Sussex County

Redden State Forest Headquarters
18074 Redden Forest Drive
Georgetown, DE 19947

Trap Pond State Park
33587 Bald Cypress Lane
Laurel, DE 19956

Gumboro Community Center
36849 Millsboro Highway
Millsboro, DE 19966

Assawoman Wildlife Area
37604 Mulberry Landing Road
Frankford, DE 19945

Butcher Shops

Kent County

D&J Custom Cutting
89 Myers Drive
Hartly, DE 19953

Miller’s Butcher Shop
577 Morgans Choice Road
Wyoming, DE 19934

Hunters not lucky enough to harvest a deer can help by donating money to the project. Donated funds help pay direct program expenses and buy additional food. No donations are used for administrative expenses.