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.
Now -- more than ever before -- the need is tremendous. This summer, beef shoppers across Eastern Washington can join local cattle farmers and ranchers by purchasing St. Helens beef at your local Rosauers/Super 1 stores.
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Beginning Memorial Day weekend Rosauers and Super 1 shoppers can help our Beef Counts program by participating in our summer promotion --- 10 cents of each pound of St. Helens Beef purchased (up to $50,000) will provide beef to Second Harvest in Eastern Washington and distributed to communities through Second Harvest's Mobile Food Markets.
Tune into KREM2' Tom Sherry's BBQ Forecast every Thursday throughout the summer to get both the weekend weather forecast and delicious beefy recipes. Tom helps Washington’s Beef Community raise awareness of the Beef Counts partnership.
Above: South Bend Rancher Shaun Rose helps unload Beef Counts donations at Food Lifeline last fall.
Each year at the Washington's Brewers Festival in Redmond, Washington's Beef Community provides delicious Beef Brisket on a Biscuit with a Brew for a $5 donation and all the proceeds go directly to support to our Beef Counts program at Food Lifeline. The 2020 15th Annual Brewers Festival is postponed to hopefully sometime in August or September.
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.