Outdoors Art: Oct. 20

Hunters Sharing the Harvest executive director John Plowman, center, reviews the record-setting year 2018 was for venison donations to feed the needy as chairman Rick Fetrow, left, and Eastern Region state coordinator Dawn Smeal, right, of Schuylkill County listen at the recent board of directors meeting held at Cabela’s in Hamburg.

HAMBURG — In essence, what Pennsylvania Hunters Sharing the Harvest executive director told those who gathered for the annual board of directors meeting at Cabela’s was this is not the time to celebrate, but rather be driven for an even more successful 2019-20 season.

Since 1991, the HSH venison donation program has coordinated the processing and distribution of donated wild game from hunters and municipal herd reduction sources to hungry people throughout Pennsylvania. HSH remains as the most effective social-service program conduit for hunters and wildlife managers to directly make a difference, often from actions that take place in the field. More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians are classified as food insecure, with the recent economy downturn only escalating the need and requests for food assistance.

(Dietz is parliamentarian of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association)

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