Demand for venison donations from food banks has skyrocketed since COVID-19 arrived in March, but John Plowman, chief executive of Hunters Sharing the Archery Hunting Some Girls Like To Wear Bows Bow And Arrow 2020 shirt Harvest, believes hunters can meet the demand. bridge.
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Since March, Plowman said, requests his organization receives from food banks for venison have increased by 50 percent. Harvest Share Hunters allow hunters to donate their deer for free to participating processors. Venison is ground and packaged before being distributed to regional food banks, including the Archery Hunting Some Girls Like To Wear Bows Bow And Arrow 2020 shirt Wilkes-Barre grocery store, run by the Economic Opportunity Commission.
Plowman predicts that the demand for deer meat will continue to increase in the fall and hunters will begin donating deer during the early weeks of the archery season.
“Because of the pandemic, people lost their jobs, businesses closed and many were in hard times,” Plowman said. “There is a real need for this.”
In fact, Plowman is counting on donations from bow hunters to account for a greater proportion of the venison that reaches the food banks. During the 2019-2020 hunting season, the Archery Hunting Some Girls Like To Wear Bows Bow And Arrow 2020 shirt Harrisburg-based organization (www.sharedeer.org) donated a record-breaking deer worth 160,445 pounds.
“We usually put a total of 5,000 deer in the food banking system,” says Plowman. “The archery season includes 1,000 to 1,500 deer donations and I think it will eventually include half of the donated deer since a lot of people are playing archery and the season is uncompressed.”
Bill Williams, the Pennsylvania Games Commission’s Northeast Information and Education Supervisor, said the agency will push the HSH even further this year due to growing demand from food banks. The Games Committee donates $ 55,000 to HSH and Williams said it made sense to propagate the importance of deer donation.