Pennsylvania Ag Secretary Russell Redding is encouraging the state’s 850,000 hunters to consider donating a deer to the food bank system this fall.
The Department of Agriculture contracts with the nonprofit Hunters Sharing the Harvest to defray up to $145,000 a year in processing costs for the donated venison.
Hunters may take their deer to one of the participating deer processors throughout the state and donate any amount of their venison.
Last year, Hunters Sharing the Harvest coordinated record donations of more than 160,000 pounds of venison. A single deer may provide up to 200 meals.
In large part because of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of food-insecure Pennsylvanians — 2 million — has increased 41% since 2018.
“The simple act of sharing can help to fight that hunger,” Redding said.
For more information on deer donation, go to sharedeer.org