About a month ago, Cabot announced a new initiative with Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) to help fight hunger in region. HSH is a charitable venison donations program coordinating meat deliveries to local food banks, homeless
shelters and soup kitchen. Since 1991 HSH has helped to curb hungry in the Commonwealth, coordinating on average 100,000 pounds of venison to more than 4000 locations.
Many of Cabot’s employees hunt in these same forests areas they work to protect them day in and day out and many of them are charitable in their communities, especially this time of the year. Through our partnership Cabot is offering to offset butchering costs for its employees and their families so they can participate in HSH. If anyone is interested in donating a deer or a portion of it all they have to do is present a specially marked coupon to a participating butcher and HSH will handle the rest.
- Scavazzo’s Deer Processing, 600 Valley Road, Montrose (570) 553-2703 (Susquehanna)
- Wrights Cut-Up Deer Processing, 154 Dietz Mt. Road, Monroe, Twp. (570) 333-4616 (Wyoming)
- Dave’s Custom Deer Processing, 584 Cigarski Road, Shavertown (570)696-1546 (Luzerne)
- LaCoe’s Custom Butcher Shop, Rts. 6 & 11, LaPlume (570)945-5716 (Lackawanna)
- Country Butcher Shop 220 Oak Road, Drums (570)788-3044 (Luzerne)
To kickoff the hunting season Cabot joined dozens of politicians, businesses and avid hunters for the annual HSH season kickoff at Diller’s Custom Deer Processing in Enola, Cumberland County. During the event Agriculture Secretary George Greig addressed the crowd and said this to kickoff the season: “Hunger is a reality for more than 600,000 Pennsylvaniafamilies… I encourage all hunters to donate venison this holiday season to help combat hunger in their communities.” The department of Agriculture has been a supporter of HSH for some time now and it contributes funds to help offset the costs of butchering across the commonwealth.
Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank remarked also spoke during the event. He advocated that “Venison is a great low-fat, high protein meat product that is highly desired by families,” in need this time of year.families… I encourage all hunters to donate venison this holiday season to help combat hunger in their communities.” The department of Agriculture has been a supporter of HSH for some time now and it contributes funds to help offset the costs of butchering across the commonwealth.
At the kickoff event, much of the room was dominated by sponsorship material from the natural gas industry. Companies participating this year include Chief Oil & Gas, Anadarko Petroleum, Chesapeake Energy and the Marcellus shale Coalition. Dawood Engineering, a firm that has participated in almost all of Cabot’s sporting clay tournaments, was also recognized for its participation in HSH this year.
CONSOL Energy, another natural gas producer in western PA, received special recognition for its generous sponsorship, underwriting the processing costs for deer donated in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties. CONSOL Energy will also sell limited edition camouflage baseball caps through its website and donate $1 to HSH for each sold. To learn more about CONSOL Energy’s partnership with HSH check watch this video:
HSH has grown in size and popularity over the last 20 years. It is now recognized nationally as a model organization and it’s the largest venison sharing program in the county. Companies sponsoring HSH outside of the natural gas industry include Wal-Mart, Remington and Cabela’s. National organizations like the NRA also support HSH.
It is estimated 1.8 million Pennsylvanians are at risk of going hungry this holiday season. Did you know the meat fromone deer can produce upwards of 200 meals? So how can you get involved with HSH?
Donate a whole deer (or even a portion of it), along with a tax-deductable $15 deposit for processing and you can help feed up to 200 people.
If you’re not a hunter, monetary donations can help too. For every $25 donated 100 meals can be served to the hungry.
If you’re looking to volunteer your time, HSH is always looking for good help.
While you’re enjoying the holidays this year, please remember those who are less fortunate. Even if you are not in a position to help, spreading the word about organizations like HSH can be impactful!