NORFOLK, Neb. -- The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is holding an annual event to give back to those in need.

The "Hunters Helping the Hungry" program is currently underway in Nebraska for the 10th straight year.

The program allows deer hunters to drop off their meat to a processor that will donate it to a food pantry or charity of their choosing.

Jordyn Riha, the coordinator for the program, said it has provided over half a million meals to Nebraskans since its inception.

"It provides to those in need in our own home state," Riha said. "Over the years, this program has provided over 850,000 meals and that's just in the last 10 years that it's been going on so it's been very beneficial."

Seven different meat processors are taking part in the program around the state.

Hunters must call the meat processor ahead and have at least 40 pounds of meat to donate.

Only whole, field-dressed deer can be accepted.

Riha said many communities around the state are impacted by the program.

"People should donate because it's a great chance to give back to their local communities. It's their local communities that often benefit from the program," she said. "So, it's just a great way for all of us to help each other and make the community stronger."

R & M Meats in Norfolk is taking part in the program for the first time this year.

They will be donating meat to the Orphan Grain Train in town. 

Rod Matson, the owner of R & M Meats, shared his thoughts on participating in the event.

"I think it's a good program to feed people who are in need," Matson said. "This helps keep some of the deer out of the field, population control a little bit."

Click here for the full list of meat processors.