Beef Up Iowa: Connecting Cattlemen 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. 

Made Possible By:

Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship

Iowa Beef Industry Council

Iowa State University Meat Lab

Iowa Food Bank Association

Iowa Cattlemen's Association

Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation

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Donor Wall (57)

Iowa Corn District 2 Committee

Corn farmers in North Central Iowa are proud to help #BeefUpIowa!

Lisa Fitzgerald

Melea and Mark Licht

#CALSproud of this important partnership to serve Iowans in need!


Great way to support Iowans! Proud to #BeefUpIowa!

Brian and Julie Buckallew

Terry and Amanda Houser

The Doll Family | $5,000

Julie Kenney


Happy to see more innovative ideas for assisting our neighbors and fellow Iowans! Great way to expand upon the idea of Pass the Pork to include other nutritious and local protein sources. Thank you to all the organizations working together to tackle our problems in new ways!