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 Sportsmen Against Hunger
 New Release – October 22, 2008
 Share the Harvest Program for Central Missouri
The Central Missouri Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) is again sponsoring a Share the Harvest Program in Central Missouri. This program, authorized and supported by the Missouri Department of Conservation, gives deer hunters the opportunity to donate venison that is given to charities serving the needy. “Last year 26,550 pounds of venison was donated through our program and we are thankful for the support hunters give to our program,” said Jim Lightsey, president of the SCI Chapter.
All hunters need do is have their deer processed at one of the meat processors in the program and indicate the number of pounds they wish to donote from one pound up to whole deer. Hunters donating whole deer will have the processing costs paid by the Conservation Dederation of Missouri (CFM) at $35 per deer and the Central Missouri Chapter of SCI will pay the remainder until CFM and SCI funds run out. Several local organizations are also helping pay processing costs at several of the processing plants. Hunters not able to donate a whole deer are encouraged to donate a portion of the deer for if those successful hunters in the area donated just five pounds of venison each it would increase the amount for the needy by at least 12,000 pounds. “The most recent data shows that one in nine people in our area are living in households below the poverty level and the 13 charities we serve continue to see an increase in the number of people needing food,” said Earl Cannon, coordinator of the program for the Safari Club.
Processors participating in the prgram are the following: Hartman’s Custom Meat Processing, New Bloomfield; Russellville Locker, Russellville; R&R Processing, Auxvasse; Crane’s Meat Processing, Ashland; Clennin’s Meats, California; Swiss Meat & Sausage Co., Hermann and the Mexico Meat Market, LLC, Mexico.
Those interested in helping with the program, or those with questions, should contact:
Earl Cannon, Coordinator, e-mail: or call 573-636-4292.



News Release

January 23, 2012


Deer Hunters Donate Over 28,000 pounds of Venison for Charities

in Central Missouri


The Share the Harvest Program sponsored in central Missouri
by the Central Missouri Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) during the
2011/2012 deer seasons resulted in deer hunters donating 28,300 pounds of
venison for charities in central Missouri. A total of 460 whole deer and
several partial deer were donated.  “We really
appreciate the venison donations by deer hunters in this area for it comes at a
time when there is a great need for food by charities in central Missouri,” said Earl
Cannon, coordinator of the program for the SCI chapter.


The Conservation Federation of Missouri and the Central
Missouri Chapter of SCI paid the processing cost for whole deer donations.  “Our chapter wants to thank the deer hunters,
meat processors, charities, Missouri Department of Conservation, Conservation
Federation of Missouri, Safari Club International Foundation, Missouri Food
Bank Association, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Governor Jay
Nixon, news media, chapter members and all others who helped make the program
so successful,” said Jim Lightsey, president of the SCI chapter.


Donations by processing plants were as follows:

Russellville Locker, Russellville – 5,813 pounds

Hartman’s Custom Meat Processing, New Bloomfield – 1,460

Crane’s Meat Processing,Ashland– 5,875 pounds

R & R Processing, Auxvasse – 3,530 pounds

Swiss Meat & Sausage Co., Hermann – 2,810 pounds

Mexico Meat & Produce, LLC,Mexico– 5,760 pounds

Hanson Hills Campground, KingdomCity
– 2,040 pounds

Horn’s Meat Processing,Fulton– 1,020 pounds


The distribution of venison to the charities served was as

Serve, Inc., Fulton
– 4,808 pounds

First United Methodist Church Food Pantry,Jefferson City– 500 pounds

New Life Evangelistic Center, Jefferson
City, NewBloomfield,Columbia – 480 lbs.

California United Methodist Church Food Pantry, California– 1,200

SamaritanCenter, Jefferson
City – 1,400 pounds

Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri,Columbia– 5,875 pounds

The Salvation Army, Jefferson
City – 1,865 pounds


The Salvation Army, Columbia
– 889 pounds

Chapel Missionary
Baptist Church,
New Bloomfield – 480 pounds

TheHelpCenter,Mexico– 5,760 pounds

Center of Gasconade County,
Owensville and

Hermann Community
Food Pantry, Hermann – 2,810 pounds

Hope House, Lake
Ozark – 1,200 pounds

First Baptist Church Food Pantry, Guthrie – 500 pounds

Eldon Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry, Eldon – 600 pounds

Holts Summit Soup Kitchen, Holts Summit – 180 pounds


For additional information contact:  Earl Cannon, Coordinator Sportsmen Against
Hunger/Share the Harvest Program, Central Missouri Chapter of SCI at