The Hunters Helping the Hungry Program was started by three Hunterdon County hunters. During the 1997/1998 hunting season, HHH for the first time helped provide much needed protein to local Food Banks, while addressing the overpopulation of deer in our community.
Since the program’s inception, HHH hunters have donated over 2,200,000 servings of protein to those in need. HHH has been able to supply venison to those with a protein deficient diet which helps combat learning and health problems. In the 2020/2021 hunting season, over 134,000 servings of venison were provided to hungry people in NJ. In the 2020/2021 season starting in September HHH is paying butchers $90 per deer processed (still below market rates). This was done to closer reimburse Butchers to their costs, but also attempting to attract new butchers to the program.
Many individual hunting clubs, civic organizations, church groups and conservation groups along with the State Federation of Sportsmen, United Bowhunters of New Jersey, NRA and SCI Lehigh Valley have helped support this program over the years.