Ohio hunters donated 1,170 white-tailed deer to local food banks to benefit Ohioans in need during the 2013 hunting season, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

One processed deer amounts to 50 pounds of venison and about 200 meals. So far, food banks have gotten 58,500 pounds of venison and 234,000 meals for needy Ohioans.

Venison donations will be accepted through the end of the deer-archery season, which is February 2nd. Donations must be processed by a federal, state, or locally inspected and insured meat processor, but hunters wishing to donate their deer are not required to pay for the processing.

To learn more, log onto fhfh.org.