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Howard Co. begins pilot program for deer hunters to make food bank donations

Posted at 9:11 AM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 09:23:36-05

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County on Tuesday launched a pilot program that will provide venison to local food banks.

Three Maryland based butcher shops will take part in processing the meat which will then be delivered to the Howard County Food Bank by the Roving Radish.

Anyone hunting in Howard County can participate by dropping off their deer at either Clint’s Cuts of Mt Airy, KS Kuts in Damascus, or M & G Wild Game Processing in Westminster.

About $17,000 from the federal CARES Act is funding the project, which will be run by the Howard Soil Conservation District and the Howard County Economic Development Authority.

“This program achieves two goals – reducing our deer population and providing quality food to our local families in need," said County Executive Calvin Ball. "This innovative program would not have been possible without the collaboration and support of our partners, and we’re grateful to have such an effective team in place to make this work.”