Sen. O’Mara: Bath-Based Coalition Helping People Eat This Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017

ELMIRA, NY – State Senator Tom O’Mara is noting that with the opening of deer season this past Saturday, that means it’s also time for the annual reminder on one of this region’s most effective charitable organizations: the Venison Donation Coalition.

“For nearly two decades now, the Venison Donation Coalition has helped put a good, highly nutritious meal on millions of needy tables throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and across New York State. It’s a homegrown foundation supported by sportsmen’s organizations, of course, but also by corporations, local farm bureaus, government agencies, civic and religious groups, and individual citizens,” said O’Mara, chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. “I’m always grateful for this annual opportunity to call attention to its work. In government, particularly in an era like the current one defined by limited resources to address seemingly infinite demands, we’re always searching for ways to encourage individual citizens and organizations to contribute to the overall quality of our communities, in this case by helping to feed the hungry. Our region has certainly answered the call and the generosity has been overwhelming.”

O’Mara noted that deer hunting is a mainstay of the regional and statewide recreational economy, by some estimates accounting for $2 billion of economic activity and nearly 30,000 jobs statewide. Steuben County, for example, remains one of the Northeast’s premiere deer hunting destinations.

As the Coalition highlights on its website, a $1 donation can help provide four meals. For every dollar donated, in fact, the Coalition dedicates 90 cents towards processing donated venison.

For more information on donating deer, becoming a participating processor, and other ways to help the Coalition, visit the Venison Donation Coalition website at http://www.venisondonation.com, or call, toll-free, 1-866-862-3337.


Food Banks
Food Bank of Western New York
Food Bank of Southern Tier
Food Bank of Central New York
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
Food Bank for Westchester
Long Island Cares
Food Bank for New York City
City Harvest
Island Harvest Food Bank
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Chenango County Farm Bureau
Columbia County Farm Bureau
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County
Farm Bureau of New York
Newstead Town Hall
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
New York State’s Town Clerk Association
Schoharie County Conservation Association
St. Lawrence County Dept. of Social Services
Steuben County Department of Social Services
Town of Athens
USDA Farm Service Agencies of Steuben & Yates Counties
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Yates County Dept. of Social Services
New York States Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s Bureau of
NYS DEC Deer Teams
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Branchport Rod & Gun Club
Bristol Fish/Game Association
Broome County Federation
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Conesus Lake Sportsmen’s Club, Inc.
Dansville Fish & Game Protective Assoc. Inc.
Federation Conservation Clubs Cayuga County
Finger Lakes Conservation Council
Garrison Fish & Game
Keuka Lake Renegades
Lima Gun Club
Livingston Co. Federation of Sportsmen’s Club
Middlesex Conservation Clubs
New York Bowhunters
New York State QDMA Advisory Council
Schenectady County Sportsmen Federation
Schoharie County Conservation Council
Schoharie Whitetails Unlimited
Seaway Valley QDMA
Seneca Lake Duck Hunters
South Bristol Fish & Game Assoc. Inc.
Square Deal Sportmen Inc.
Sterling Forest State Park
Steuben County Sportsmen Federation
Steuben County Federation Conservation Clubs
Ten Guns Sportsmen’s Club
Tioga County Sportsmen Association
Turner Outdoors, LLC
Weedsport Rod & Gun Club
Westchester County Bowhunters Assoc. Inc.
Yates County Federation Conservation Clubs
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5M Archery & Hunting Services, Trumansburg – 607-387-5112
Barrett’s Bowhunting, Elmira Heights – 607-733-7773
Whitetails Unlimited – www.whitetailsunlimited.com
2010 Federal Entry, Graphic Oils & Scetchboard – 607-259-6643
Roberts’ Outfitting – www.robertsoutfitting.com
3 Rivers Guide Service – www.3riversguideservice.com
Canandaigua Fishing – www.canandaiguafishing.com
Pete Rickard Co. – mail@protektormodel.com
Wildlife Specialists, LLC – www.wildlife-specialists.com
Bare Bones and Bugs – www.barebonesandbugs.com
Fox Briar Studios – www.foxbriarstudios.com
Do You See What I See – photos and crafts – 978-838-2043
Bowhook Slings – www.bowhookslings.com
The Varmint Hunters Association, Inc. – gopher3@12roam.com
New York Bowhunters, Inc. – www.newyorkbowhunters.com
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Faith Bible Church
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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
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