Today less fortunate Missouri families are looking for ways to provide adequate protein to their diets. Share the Harvest is helping to fill the need. Hunters had a banner deer harvest this year and Share the Harvest numbers provides the evidence. Your Conservation Federation of Missouri has paid for 5,387 whole deer donations providing an estimated 330,000 pounds of protein packed venison. Share the Harvest for the past 21 years has provided 3 million pounds of high protein venison to needy Missouri families. Share the Harvest a public-private partnership coordinated by Conservation Federation of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Conservation started in 1992.
Who is Share the Harvest? Partners are; first the hunter, second the certified meat processors, third food banks and pantries, fourth money donors including individual businesses (Shelter Insurance, Bass Pro, Midway USA, Wal-Mart), local sporting and hunting clubs, individual persons, and foundations, fifth volunteers who coordinate the many activities and sixth needy Missourians.
Gary Van De Velde, Chair of the Conservation Federation of Missouri’s Share the Harvest Program, said “This program is a testament to the power of partnerships. I have observed a continued interest in the program. Often the Conservation Federation of Missouri staff and members receive calls each fall from food banks, pantries, and individuals inquiring when can we expect Share the Harvest venison.”
Share the Harvest is looking to the future. The Conservation Federation of Missouri, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, invites anyone with a desire to either donate a whole or partial deer during the appropriate season or to assist financially to check out our website www.confedmo.org.