Hunters for the Hungry Program

The Maine Hunters for the Hungry Program is currently facing a labor shortage. As a result, the Program cannot pick up and distribute game donations to interested and affiliated food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. This notice will remain in effect for the current hunting season. Please note that TFAP encourages generous hunters to contact approved meat processors directly to inquire about capacity and if they have direct food pantry relationships to arrange pick-up or delivery.

A note to Affiliated Meat Processors:

To be eligible for participation in Maine's Hunters for the Hungry reimbursement program, you must:

The Maine Hunters for the Hungry Program was founded in 1996 and its impact has grown steadily ever since. Maine sportsmen and sportswomen can play a major role in game management while providing wild game meat to hunger relieve locations across the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry facilitates the donations to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters affiliated with The Emergency Food Assistance Program. There are a limited number of food assistance sites with the capacity to accept wild game meat.

The Maine Hunters for the Hungry Program, a collaboration with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, works with Maine Wardens, biologists, Marine Patrol Officers, Maine State Troopers and hunters towards a common goal of helping Mainer's in need.

The program accepts bear, deer and moose donations. When a connection can be made between a donor, processor, and pantry, hunters do not pay for the processing of donated meat. Meat processing costs are paid for by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry or the charity that receives the food. Hunters choosing to keep their game can still donate a few pounds to the program. Meat Processors that are interested in participating should call 207-287-3491.

The program has been successful annually by supplying lean, high protein meats to food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters throughout Maine.

Hunters for the Hungry offer a deep and sincere thank you to the hunters, corporations, and organizations for their past, present and continued support. For more information, to donate, or to get connected to a Hunters for the Hungry participating meat processor call 207-287-3491 or email H4H@Maine.gov.