Since its inception in 1991, Pennsylvania’s acclaimed Hunters Sharing the Harvest program has donated nearly TWO MILLION pounds of venison to hungry families across the state, thanks to the generosity of Pennsylvania hunters.
Hunters Sharing the Harvest is a hunter-inspired community service outreach that works through a network of approved deer processors to channel venison donations to local food banks, soup kitchens and hungry families in Pennsylvania’s urban and rural communities.
This episode features the program’s first Executive Director John Plowman and its current Executive Director Randy Ferguson. They join host Matt Morrett to share the step-by-step process in which a hunter can donate a deer to the program at no cost to them and how it gets from the processor and back into the community. This program is a national leader and has grown into a huge success, thanks in large part to the generosity of Pennsylvania hunters.
One deer can provide as many as 200 high protein, low fat servings. Last year, in 2020, the program set a new all-time record when 190,302 pounds of venison was distributed across the Commonwealth. Visit www.sharedeer.org or call 866-474-2141 to learn how to donate or volunteer, or to locate a processor, area coordinators and/or food banks near you.