Walnut Grove, Mo-- More than half a million Missourians are expected to be out this weekend in the woods hunting deer this opening season.
As hunters prepare to bring home the venison, there's also a way to help other families in need.
It's called Share the Harvest and for more than a decade this program has helped feed low income families.
There are several locations in Missouri where hunters can take their deer in for processing and a portion or the entire deer can be donated to the program.
The processor will package the meat sometimes at a free or reduced cost.
Then it will be picked up by the local sponsoring organization and taken to an agency for distribution.
In Walnut Grove, workers with the J&L Custom Processing company make sure thousands of pounds of meat every year goes to those in need.
"It's a very good program. There's people out there that cannot hunt and probably never get to taste deer," said Lonnie Lowry.