The Beef Counts program is a partnership with Washington's Beef Community, Second Harvest and Food Lifeline that provides high-quality, nutritious beef to local food banks to help hungry, local families.
The Beef Counts program was founded by Washington's beef community to fill the need for high quality protein to reach our local food banks. Since 2010, more than 2.3 million servings of protein rich, nutritious beef has reached Washington families who turn to Food Lifeline and Second Harvest for food assistance.
This summer, beef shoppers across Washington can join local cattle farmers and ranchers by making donations and beef purchases at your local Haggen Food & Pharmacy and Rosauers stores. Learn more below.
A huge thank you to Haggen and the many Haggen shoppers who donated at the register this summer, who donated more than $91,000; and Washington Brewers' Festival participants who enjoyed Beef Brisket on a Biscuit with a Brew for a $5 Beef Counts Donation; a total of $100,000 was raised to purchase beef for local foodbanks to provide nutritious beef for hungry families in need.
Thanks to support from Rosauers and Super 1 shoppers during the summer promotion --- 10 cents of each pound of St. Helen's Beef purchased -- $50,000 of beef was donated to Second Harvest in Eastern Washington communities and distributed through local food banks and the Second Harvest Mobile Food Market.
KREM2's Tom Sherry's BBQ Forecast which happened every Thursday throughout the summer provided both the weekend weather forecast and delicious beefy recipes. Tom helps Washington’s Beef Community raise awareness of the Beef Counts partnership.
Since 2010, through Beef Counts, more than 2.3 million servings of protein rich, nutritious beef has reached Washington families who turn to Food Lifeline and Second Harvest for food assistance.
Back in 2010, when leaders of our Washington Beef Community learned just how little high-quality protein, like beef, reaches our food bank system (only about 4% of all food donations), they felt that was unacceptable and set about to make a change. Beef Counts was launched in Washington state with the help of many producer volunteers, Agri Beef and the Washington State Beef Commission.
The Washington Cattlemen's and CattleWomen's Associations, County Cattlemen's Associations, the Washington Cattle Feeders Association, and Agri Beef Co. have teamed up to help the Beef Counts program make a big impact, one nutritious beef serving at a time. Local farmers and ranchers work together to raise funds and donate cash and cattle to match or exceed Agri Beef's $50,000 annual donation. The donated beef is processed and shipped from the Washington Beef packing plant in Toppenish, WA and distributed to people in need across Washington through our partnership with Second Harvest and Food Lifeline.
The Washington State Beef Commission is proud to partner with Food Lifeline and Haggen Foods, in western Washington, and Second Harvest and Rosauers Supermarkets & Super 1 Foods, in eastern Washington, to promote and grow the Beef Counts program. Both service organizations work with a network of food bank locations in dozens of Washington communities to get more beef to more people in need and the grocery store partners are proud to raise awareness of hunger and fund-raise to help meet the need for high quality protein in the food bank system.
All of the work, donations, and collaboration has paid off. Since 2010, the Beef Counts program has provided more than 2.3 million servings of beef to local families and seniors who desperately need the nutrients and protein found in beef. The work continues.