Missouri feral hog hunters soon should be able to donate the meat to local food banks.
The recently passed state budget bill that is on its way to Gov. Mike Parson includes an expansion of the Share the Harvest Program, which will allow hunters to donate feral hogs in addition to deer to local food banks.
Under the program, the state pays meat processors to prepare the animals for donation to food pantries and other agencies that feed those in need.
The measure also doubles the amount of money the state is putting toward the program, from $150,000 to $300,000.