Just how charitable are American hunters? Well, by totaling up the contributions hunters make to the myriad wild game donation programs across the country, sportsmen supplied more than 2.6 million pounds of high-protein game meat to organizations in 2009 expressly for the purpose of providing meals for those in need.

The data from multiple organizations nationwide was recently compiled by the National Rifle Association’s Hunter Services Department, which operates the Hunters for the Hungry Information Clearinghouse for hunters seeking local places to donate game meat.

After crunching the numbers, NRA Hunter Services found the amount of game meat donated by hunters last year totaled 2,602,863 pounds, which translated into an incredible 10,389,912 individual meals! The totals included donated meat from deer, elk, antelope, moose, pheasants and waterfowl.

View a state-by-state breakdown of game meat donations here.

The Hunters for the Hungry Information Clearinghouse puts interested individuals in touch with programs in their area and fosters public awareness through education, fundraising and publicity. In addition, the staff of the NRA Hunter Services Department works in the field with state governmental agencies conducting evisceration and meat processing preparation of whitetail deer that are distributed to area food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and needy families.