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.
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. Since 2010, our Washington Beef Community has delivered more than 2.5 million servings of beef to our neighbors in need.
Washington's Beef Community is proud to partner with Food Lifelineand Northwest Harvest in western Washington, and Second Harvest and Rosauers Supermarkets & Super 1 Foods, in eastern Washington, to promote and grow the Beef Counts program. These hunger relief agencies work with a network of food bank locations in hundreds of Washington communities 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. The Beef Commission's role in Beef Counts is to promote and coordinate the good work of our Washington Beef Community as we unite against hunger.
In addition to an annual donation of $50,000, Agri Beef processes and ships the donated beef from their Washington Beef plant in Toppenish. This means that 100% of every contribution from farmers and ranchers, the public and retail grocery store partners is used to supply more beef to those in need - not overhead or promotion.
To volunteer at one of the many Beef Counts food distributions with a hunger relief partner, you can reach out to the WSBC Director of Industry Relations to find the date and location nearest you.
The Annual Rollover Auction is a direct opportunity for the Beef Community to donate money to the Beef Counts fund. This year's Rollover Auction was held in September at Toppenish Livestock Commission. A huge thank you to all the businesses and individuals that contributed -- more than $23,000 was raised. Special thank to the WA Cattle Feeders Assn for beginning the auction with their $10,000 donation and to the Kittitas County Cattlemen's for donating the auction steer.
If you, or your County Cattlemen's Association are interested in donating an animal or funds to this event in 2021, please contact the Washington Cattlemen's Association at 509-925-9871.
The Owns Family from Spokane, WA is the Beef Counts Spokes-Family. The Owens are strong supporters of the Beef Counts program. As Spokes-Family, the Owens will be featured in KREM-2 TV promotions and Pandora radio ads, spreading the word about Washington's Beef Community United Against Hunger.
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