Hunters who are successful in the upcoming deer hunting
seasons are encouraged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to consider
participating in the state’s Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program, which
channels donations of venison to local food banks, soup kitchens and needy
Pennsylvania’s HSH program is recognized as one of the most
successful among similar programs in about 40 states.
“Using a network of local volunteer area coordinators and
cooperating meat processors to process and distribute venison donated by
hunters, HSH has really helped to make a difference for countless needy
families and individuals in our state,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission
executive director. “Pennsylvanians who participate in this extremely
beneficial program should be proud of the role they play. HSH truly does make a
Started in 1991, HSH has developed into a refined support
service for organizations that assist the Commonwealth’s needy. Each year,
Hunters Sharing the Harvest helps to deliver almost 200,000 meals to food
banks, churches and social services feeding programs.
“This program is all about the generosity of hunters and their
desire to help make a difference,” Roe said. “It’s a program that many hunters
have become committed to and enjoy supporting. After all, what is more
gratifying than helping others in need?”
As part of the program, hunters are encouraged to take a
deer to a participating meat processor and identify how much of their deer meat
– from an entire deer to several pounds – is to be donated to HSH. If the
hunter is donating an entire deer, he or she is asked to make a $15
tax-deductible co-pay, and HSH will cover the remaining processing fees.
However, a hunter can cover the entire cost of the processing, which is
tax-deductible as well. Cash donations also are accepted.
HSH established a statewide toll-free telephone number –
1-866-474-2141 – which can answer hunters’ questions about where participating
meat processors can be found or other general inquiries about the program.
To learn more about the program and obtain a list of
participating meat processors and county coordinators, visit the Game
Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on “Hunters Sharing the
Harvest” in the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column of the homepage, or
go to the HSH website (www.sharedeer.org).