Denny Snyder with guide George Mayfield and big Mississippi whitetail buck
With hunting season right around the corner, there is no better time to go "out with the old, and in with the new"- so to speak. There are many sportsmen out there that had successful hunting seasons last year that still have venison stashed away in the freezer. The local food bank might just be the place to make a deposit for those trying to make some room for this year's harvest.
Thanks to caring sportsmen and sportswomen, millions of meals are served annually through the Sportsmen Against Hunger program, which helps share nature's bounty with the hungry. This and similar programs are active in all 50 states of the U.S., in parts of Canada, and in several other countries around the world. With most huntable wildlife populations on the rise, annual donations of wild game meat and fish to those in need have increased.
Sportsmen Against Hunger is one healthcare program that hunters have been investing in for years. Since charitable organizations, such as . Donations continue to increase each year. In 2006, 251,018 pounds of wild game meat were donated to relief organizations; in 2007, the figure had jumped to 318,793 lbs., which is the equivalent of 1,275,172 meals.started the Sportsmen Against Hunger program in 1989, tens of millions of meals have been served at local , food banks, or other
One deer can provide over 200 meals and any processing fees are tax deductible. In Pennsylvania, last year hunters donated more than 100,000 pounds of venison providing more than 200,000 meals annually to food banks, churches and social services feeding programs. “Across Pennsylvania, more than 1.3 million people are at risk of hunger,” said Hanna, who heads the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “Hunters Sharing the Harvest helps to provide food that is high in protein and lean. We are extremely grateful for hunters’ participating in the program.” One of the programs produced by the outdoor tv show USA Outback features the Pennsylvania based Hunters Sharing the Harvest program. Check out USA Outback at www.usaoutbacktv.com.
For more information on the Sportsmen Against Hunger, visit them on
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