Kortz: Hunters can ‘share the harvest’ this Thanksgiving season

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – In addition to offering his good wishes this Thanksgiving season, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, is reminding deer hunters that they can share their bounty with the less fortunate.

Kortz, a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, said the Hunters Sharing the Harvest Program allows sportsmen to donate all or a portion of their hunting harvest to local families in need.

“This is the 26th year for Sharing the Harvest and during that time, more than 1.2 million pounds of venison have been donated,” Kortz said, adding, “One deer can yield meat for up to 200 meals, which can go a long way toward feeding the hungry.”

Kortz said information on the program is available at www.sharedeer.org/ and you can find a list of local participating deer processors at www.sharedeer.org/meat-processors/

Noting that 120,515 pounds of ground venison were supplied to food banks from last year’s donations, Kortz said since there is no longer a $15 donor copayment – it was eliminated in 2014 – hunters must only follow the steps at www.sharedeer.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/HowToDonateADeer_2016.pdf to make a donation.

In the spirit of the season, Kortz added that other organizations will be collecting food items to help the less fortunate, so there are abundant opportunities for everyone to help.

“While Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on the many blessings of family life and the fortune of being happy and healthy, it is also a time to recognize that many people in our communities are hungry,” Kortz said. “Groups and local area food banks will be collecting donations all throughout the holiday season. If you’re able, please consider donating nonperishable food items to charities in the area.”  

Anyone seeking more information on Sharing the Harvest or assistance with any state-related issue should contact Kortz’ office at (412) 466-1940.