Hunters Help Fill Kansas Food Pantries

This undated photo provided by the Center of Natural Sciences in Prato, Italy, Wednesday, June 11, 2008, shows a deer with a single horn in the center of its head. The one-year-old Roe Deer - nicknamed "Unicorn'' - was born in captivity in the research center's park in the Tuscan town of Prato, near Florence, Gilberto Tozzi, director of the Center of Natural Sciences, said. He is believed to have been born with a genetic flaw; his twin has two horns. (AP Photo/Center of Natural Sciences, ho) ** EDITORIAL USE ONLY **
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas hunting organization is doing its
part to help food pantries stay stocked with fresh meat while making sure deer meat doesn't go to waste.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a group called Kansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry works with 40 locker plants across the state to process deer carcasses and distribute the meat to food pantries.

Tony DeRossett is president of the group. He says that the program satisfies the need for meat while ensuring that hundreds of deer that are killed each season don't go to waste.

Last year, the program arranged for the processing of 1,108 deer
taken during deer-hunting seasons. DeRossett said that totaled
225,000 meals for hungry Kansans.

DeRossett helped found the organization in 2001 after reading
about a similar effort in Maryland.

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