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New York Beef Council
May is Beef Month in New York State. The New York Beef Council is leading beef industry awareness month with an unprecedented “Farm to Food Bank” initiative to combat hunger. NYBC has partnered with Empire Livestock Marketing, DFA (Dairy Farmers of America) and NY Beef Producer’s Association encouraging beef and dairy farmers to donate cattle sale proceeds for the purchase of beef for five regional food banks across New York State.
From May 1 through May 31st Empire Livestock Marketing will assist NYBC in collecting contributions from one of nine livestock auction markets across the state. Beef and dairy farmers will have five levels of donations from which to choose or can designate their own dollar contribution. All monetary donations will be solely for the purchase of beef and will benefit 54 of the 62 counties in New York State! The donations generated will help ensure more protein will reach families and individuals in need. Each dollar donated will provide 3-4 meals to an adult/child in need.
“Farmers and ranchers are known for serving their communities in many ways. NY Beef Council and Empire Livestock Marketing have teamed up to allow a way to give back to those in need of the food bank in their areas.” states Patty Bikowsky, owner of Sweet Meadow’s Dairy Farm, Chairman of the NY Beef Council, member of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and DFA member. Peter Ricardo, Product Donations Manager for the Food Bank of CNY, goes on to add, “We continue to be humbled and impressed by the generosity and compassion in our community. We thank you on behalf of the many families and individuals that have a need for our services.”
Farm to Food Bank will be posted on New York Beef Council’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@NYBeefCouncil) pages as a means to reach out to our farmers to encourage participation. #Farm2FoodBank . Information can also be found: http://www.nybeef.org/maybeefmonthfarmtofoodbank.aspx .