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Deer processor donates meat to Sandy victims

A North Baltimore County deer processor and local hunters are sending 371 pounds of venison to New York and New Jersey next week to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Tim Vancura, owner of Uncle Buck's Deer Processing in Maryland Line, contacted Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, a national nonprofit group that provides venison to soup kitchens and homeless shelters. He wanted to see if they were sending food to the areas hit by the hurricane.

"A lot of hunters donate their deer meat here since I'm with the Feed the Hungry program," Vancura said. "I wanted some of what I had to go to New York and New Jersey. I knew they were hurting for food up there."

The Hunters Feeding the Hungry organizers put Vancura in touch with a nonprofit group run out of Baltimore's Rock City Church called "A Can Can Make a Difference."

Volunteers came to his shop on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and picked up frozen steaks, roasts and ground venison. The deer meat, along with turkeys, will be taken to the storm-ravaged area next week, said, Greg Isbell, director of A Can Can Make a Difference.

He said the church outreach group has already taken eight truckloads of food and clothing to the storm-ravaged area.

Vancura said the store processed 275 deer last year. This year, the store has processed about 100 deer and the meat from roughly one-quarter of them has been donated by hunters to the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry program.

He is also currently offering a local program where he will donate $10 to Hereford, Maryland Line or Cockeysville volunteer fire companies for each deer he processes that is paid for, not donated.

For more information, contact Vancura at 410-404-1269. Uncle Buck's is located at 21429 York Road, Maryland Line. Go to http://www.unclebucksdeer.com.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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