Beef Up Iowa: Connecting Cattlemen With Food Insecure Iowans
JOIN THE EFFORTS TO CONNECT BEEF FARMERS
WITH FOOD INSECURE IOWANS
Iowa food banks and food pantries have seen increased demand for high-quality protein sources, like beef, due to the pandemic, while processing option for Iowa beef producers have decreased.
Through "Beef Up Iowa" students and staff at the Iowa State University Meat Lab will be processing cattle from Iowa beef producers to help meet the limited processing need options. The meat will be distributed to food bank and food pantry feeding programs across the state.
The initial cattle for "Beef Up Iowa" will be sourced from Iowa 4-H and FFA members. Gov. Reynolds has allocated federal CARES Act funds from the state to help cover processing costs and provide beef to food insecure Iowans. However, there are costs associated with purchasing cattle, and the storage, transportation and delivery of the beef to food banks and pantries.
Iowans can help support this program by donating funds that will cover these costs and future purchases of Iowa-produced beef for food giving programs across the state.
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