Rep. Art Hershey (R-Chester) is encouraging successful hunters to share a portion of their catch with those in need.Every year, Pennsylvania deer hunters donate tens of thousands of pounds of venison, or deer meat, to local food banks and soup kitchens through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program.

The HSH program calls upon hunters to donate anything from a few pounds of venison to a whole deer to help needy Pennsylvanians.

On average, the meat from one deer can provide 200 meals for hungry Pennsylvanians. Venison is a good source of protein, low in fat and eagerly sought after by food banks for its nutritional value.

With more than 1 million deer currently living in Pennsylvania, it comes as no surprise that hunters have managed to donate more than 80,000 pounds of venison a year to needy individuals and families though food banks and soup kitchens.

Anyone interested in contributing venison to the HSH program should call 1-866-474-2141. Information can also be found by visiting Hershey's Web site at and clicking on "Sharing the Harvest."

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