The county Department of Recreation & Parks announced last week the donation of hundreds of pounds of venison processed from its managed deer sharpshooting program to the Howard County Food Bank run by Community Action Council of Howard County Inc.

Officials said the sharpshooting program helps maintain a stable white-tailed deer population on county land and “a healthy local source of meat and protein for needy county residents.”

In previous years, the program has generated more than 3,000 pounds of venison annually, which has been donated to nonprofits for food distribution.

The venison being distributed to county residents was processed and packaged in Westminster. Officials said it would go to more than 800 families.

To learn more about the county’s deer management program, visit the department’s website at howardcountymd.gov/deermanagement.htm. To learn more about CAC, visit cac-hc.org/.