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BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE Jeremy Rodewald transports a deer carcass from cold storage to the cutting block at Hoffman's Town & Country Meat Market in Detroit Lakes.

Most area meat processors opt out of venison donation program

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The Becker County Food Pantry is losing a significant source of meat this winter.

New regulations concerning venison donations by meat processors have led many area processors to stop their donation programs.

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Deer hunters would donate venison to a processor, which then gives meat away to area food banks. The state reimburses processors for the time it takes to prepare the meat.

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