Friday, November 21, 2008

Hunters - Have You Ever Shared Your Harvest?

The Pennsylvania deer-rifle season is right around the corner. This year, as we head to the woods to fill our deer tags, let’s not forget about the local soup kitchens and food pantries that are in need of donations. These facilities feed hundreds of hungry folks each month and would greatly appreciate a donation of venison.

It is very easy to participate. Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) has coordinated venison donations to hungry people in PA since 1991. HSH has established a local network of coordinators and deer processors who can make it easy for you to donate all or part of your deer this year. If you harvest a deer, simply take it to a participating processor. In Centre County this includes; Adler's Market, 1185 Philipsburg-Bigler Highway Philipsburg, 814-342-1993 and Gummo's Butcher Shop, 86 Red Pine Street Port Matilda, 814-574-6187. For additional processors across the state go to the HSH web site at These professional processors will handle your donation and arrange for transportation to the local food bank. You don’t have to donate your whole deer, you can donate just 5, 10 or even 20 pounds…whatever you like.

If you don’t get a deer this year, you can still participate. HSH absorbs a large cost by paying for the processing of donated deer each year. Even if you don’t donate any venison, your tax-deductible monetary donations are greatly appreciated. It takes a lot to organize the donation of over 200,000 meals per year. See the HSH website at for more information on how you can help.

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