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Contact: Katie Lawhon, 717-338-4402For the hungry this winter in Central Pennsylvania, food banks have a supply of venison from the Gettysburg battlefield.
The National Park Service at Gettysburg National Military Park has donated 8,436 pounds of venison to the hungry since October 2016 through the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger in 27 counties across Pennsylvania. The venison is from 246 deer taken this winter as part of a deer management program at Gettysburg and neighboring Eisenhower National Historic Site. Butcher Block of Biglerville, PA processed the venison.
The deer management program provides for the long-term protection, conservation, and restoration of native species and cultural landscapes at the Gettysburg and Eisenhower parks. Hunting is not permitted inside the two parks--only qualified federal employees take part in the effort.
The annual deer management program at Gettysburg and Eisenhower has been providing venison for more than 36,000 meals each winter through donations to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.