Over one million Georgia residents are hungry. Deer hunters are trying to fix that



Milledgeville, Ga., 10/30/2018: Cafe Central soup kitchen which serves more than 500 weekly in Milledgeville is one of the beneficiaries of the Georgia Wildlife Federation Georgia Hunters for the Hungry venison.

EATONTON, GA – On a crisp late October morning, Drew Copeland and a team of helpers hung a hundred-pound buck from the ceiling of his shed and sliced open its torso. A pile of organs and blood spilled onto the cement floor.

“We wash and clean a lot,” he said with a laugh.

Copeland’s not afraid of grime and guts. Since he opened The Meat Shed in Eatonton five years ago, he’s butchered thousands of deer and hogs. Copeland often chops up 40 deer in a day during rifle season.

Copeland likes to keep his workplace pristine, but with the constant stream of fresh meat flowing in and out of coolers and grinders, it’s hard to keep up.

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