San Saba, TX - Hunters help local communities each deer season by donating deer to the "Texas Hunters for the Hungry" program. Last year, hunters donated 152,962 pounds of venison, resulting in more than 600,000 servings. Of that, 720 pounds were donated in San Saba County alone. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one out of every five households in Texas struggles to afford food. Food assistance agencies suchas food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters play an important role in helping families fill the nutrition gap. Obtaining adequate protein is often difficult for low income families and individuals. As a result, venison donations are a favorite with both food assistance providers and the clients they serve as it is low in fat and high in protein. If you are a hunter, consider adding Hunters for the Hungry to your check list as you prepare for deer season. It is easy to participate: locate a participating meat processor; drop off your tagged, legally harvested white-tail or mule deer; and pay a nominal fee to cover basic processing costs. A receipt is issued for tax purposes. The meat processor grinds the venison into burger for pick-up by a local food assistance provider. This season, Hunters for the Hungry is working with Hibler Family Processing in San Saba to accept venison donations. To learn more about the program, visit www.tacaa.org/hunters-for-the-hungry or call (800) 992-9767, ext. 506. Hunters for the Hungry is a program of the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies, Inc. (TACAA). For more information about TACAA, visitwww.tacaa.org.