From the Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- Pennsylvania hunters who are successful in the upcoming deer hunting seasons are encouraged to consider participating in the state's Hunters Sharing the Harvest program. HSH channels donations of venison to local food banks, soup kitchens and needy families. Pennsylvania's HSH program is recognized as one of the most successful among similar programs in about 40 states.
Started in 1991, HSH has developed into a refined support service for organizations that assist those in need. Each year, Hunters Sharing the Harvest helps to deliver almost 200,000 meals to food banks, churches and social services feeding programs for meals provided to needy Pennsylvanians.
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, that is to be donated to HSH. If the hunter is donating an entire deer, they are asked to make a $15 tax-deductible co-pay, and HSH will cover the remaining processing fees. However, a hunter can cover the entire costs of the processing which is also tax deductible.
HSH established a statewide toll-free telephone number-(866)474-2141-to 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 at 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.