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Title: Hunter Harvested Venison Donation Program
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Description: The Minnesota Hunter Harvested Venison Donation Program allows Minnesota deer hunters to donate deer carcasses to food banks, food shelves and feeding programs. This program is a cooperative effort between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Subject: Food
Creation Date: 2/23/2011 12:24:00 PM
Modification Date: 3/1/2021 11:33:12 AM
Agency Name: Agriculture (MDA), Minnesota Department of
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Agency Description: The mission of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.
Agency Phone: 651-201-6000
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address:
625 N. Robert Street

St. Paul
Division Name: Dairy and Meat Inspection
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Unit Name: Dairy & Meat Inspection
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Information for meat processors:
Meat processors are eligible to receive $70 reimbursement per deer processed for donation if they meet the following requirements:

 - Are a licensed food handler
- Are registered with the venison donation program prior to accepting donations
- Deliver or arrange delivery of donated products to registered food charities
- Complete and submit the required documentation to MDA for each deer they accept for donation

Requirements for Meat Processors

Information for charitable organizations:

Food charities in Minnesota are able to receive venison for distribution through this program. Charities must register with the program and report to MDA the number of donations they receive and distribute on a regular basis.

See also this information from MDA -Proper Handling and Cooking of Venison 

See also this information from the DNR - Donating hunter-harvested deer in Minnesota


Statutes: 97B.303

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Activity: Food
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Hunter Harvested Venison Donation in Minnesota

Processor Participation Requirements -Venison Donation Program

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

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