2008-09-24 / Local & State

Statewide Program Can Help The Hungry In Fulton Co.

Sue Cubbage, manager of Fulton County Food Basket located on Woodside Drive in McConnellsburg, wants to encourage hunters in the county to participate in Hunter's Sharing the Harvest (HSH). HSH facilitates the efforts of hunters, conservation groups, state game departments, businesses, and charitable organizations to the benefit of the deer and the needy in Pennsylvania.

Since 1991, Pennsylvania's Hunters Sharing the Harvest has channeled hunters' donations of venison to local food banks, soup kitchens and needy families via an integrated network of local contacts and cooperating butcher shops. The Fulton County Food Basket is an approved HSH site. These donations have literally provided hundreds of thousands of meals to needy Pennsylvanians.

The primary objective of Hunters Sharing the Harvest is to coordinate the distribution of venison from hunters to hungry people. Hunters are encouraged to share one of their own tags or, if you own a farm and participate in the Red Tag Program, to share the venison with your local Food Basket. For more information on the Red Tag Program, please contact the PA Game Commission at 814-643-1831. The hunters can then take the venison to the county processor and at no cost to the hunter have the deer processed and sent to the Food Basket.

Every year hundreds of families, representing literally thousands of people from Fulton County, come to the Food Basket. Our mission: to provide high quality and nutritious food to those who are in need with a program that will not foster dependency. Those in need are referred to the Food Basket through other human service agencies and local pastors in Fulton County. The Food Basket not only provides the necessary food to nourish the body, but hospitality, nutrition education and the opportunity to grow their own food with the garden program. The Food Basket is a nonprofit human service agency, serving more than 128 families per month within Fulton County. Donations of venison would greatly improve our ability to serve the families of this community.

To learn more about how to donate venison in your area, please contact HSH county coordinator Fred Waite. Hunters may also contact our county processor, Strait's Meats, located at 304 Possum Hollow Rd. Harrisonville, PA 17228, 717-377-9223. For more information on this statewide program, you can visit the HSH Web site www.sharedeer.org or contact Susan Cubbage, manager of the Food Basket, at 717-485-5688.

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