Research Brief| Volume 54, ISSUE 7, P677-683, July 2022

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Hunting-Based Food Donation Programs: Program Characteristics Across the US



      Hunting-based food donation (HBFD) programs are unique food assistance programs because they provide under-resourced food bank participants with a quality protein source. This study aimed to summarize the characteristics of US HBFD programs and discuss the potential barriers and considerations to use or access these programs.


      Data were collected via a web search for HBFD programs within all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


      Most states were found to have an active program (n = 36), whereas 14 states and the District of Columbia do not have programs. Game donation amounts vary greatly between states, and funding for these programs typically comes from a government agency.

      Conclusions and Implications

      Hunting-based food donation can positively impact the food security and nutritional status of vulnerable populations. Nutrition professionals can aid in promoting awareness of these programs and provide nutrition education around wild game nutrition, safety, and food preparation.

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