Courtesy of Washington Beef Commission
SPOKANE — Washington cattle ranchers recently distributed beef to a record number of families in need.
More than 325 families received a chuck roast or 2 pounds of hamburger during a Second Harvest mobile market Sept. 7 in Spokane.
Usually 200 to 250 families are expected, said KayDee Gilkey, director of industry image for the Washington Beef Commission. She noted the high turnout was despite hot and smoky weather.
Washington beef industry representatives presented Second Harvest with a $50,000 check, bringing the total raised for Beef Counts to $710,000. The program has been running for seven years and last year handed out its 1 millionth serving of beef. Beef Counts aims to provide local food banks with a year-round supply of beef.
The funding goes to help Second Harvest purchase beef for families in need.
“Ranchers give things locally in their community, and it’s just something they do because they’re part of that community,” Gilkey said.
Beef Counts won’t be ending any time soon, Gilkey said.
“We’ll continue doing it as long as there’s people in need,” she said.
The event ended the Beef Counts summer program with St. Helens Premium Angus Beef and Rosauers and Super 1 Foods grocery stores. Agri Beef Co. processes and ships donated beef from its Toppenish plant.
The annual Beef Counts rollover auction will be Oct. 31 in Toppenish, Wash.