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Deer Hunters Give Venison to Poor

January 17, 1998|From Times wire reports

A fledgling church in a decaying section of Johnstown, Pa. asked deer hunters to donate their kill to help feed the poor.

Vic Cafeo, a former construction foreman who is now pastor of the Praise and Worship Center, and parishioner Willeam Choby, a Johnstown dentist, coordinated their efforts with Hunters Sharing the Harvest. They received about 280 pounds of donated meat from seven deer, or 560 meals.

"As soon as we got them, they were gone," Choby said. "Next year, we'd like 10 times that."

The Praise and Worship Center is a 6-year-old branch of the evangelistic, Oklahoma-based Faith Christian Fellowship. It meets in a blighted Johnstown neighborhood in a building once used by Bethlehem Steel.

Hunters Sharing the Harvest is a state program sponsored by Pennsylvanians for the Responsible Use of Animals, one of several similar programs in the country.

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