2009-11-19 / Sports

Area Hunters Can Share Their Harvest, Says Hess

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and state Department of Agriculture have joined Pennsylvanians for the Responsible Use of Animals to inform hunters they can give a portion of their entire take to help feed Pennsylvania families, says Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/ Huntingdon).

“Pennsylvania’s sportsmen and sportswomen can help the needy by donating a portion of their harvest this year,” Hess said. “Everyone deserves a nutritious meal and this program provides a means to meet this goal.”

The Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program allows hunters to donate a portion of their deer to families in need. The HSH program calls upon hunters to donate anything from a few pounds of venison to an entire deer. On average, the meat from one deer can provide 200 meals for hungry Pennsylvanians.

Hess noted that to date, hundreds of deer hunters have donated tens of thousands of pounds of venison to local food banks and soup kitchens through the HSH program. An average of more than 80,000 pounds of venison are donated a year to needy individuals. Last year, HSH coordinated the delivery of nearly 200,000 meals of venison to hungry Pennsylvanians.

Hunters donating their harvest voluntarily pay a $15 tax-deductible fee toward each processed deer. The remainder of the processing fee is covered through HSH sponsors and donations.

“This program touches many lives throughout the commonwealth,” Hess said. “I encourage hunters in the 78th District to donate what they can to help the less fortunate.”

Anyone interested in donating venison to the HSH program should call 1-866-474-2141.

Information can also be found at Hess’ Web site at Dick- Hess.com under “Hunters Sharing the Harvest.”

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