The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) has launched its fifth annual Beef Drive for the Food Banks of Saskatchewan. This year’s goal is to surpass last year’s total by collecting over 10,000 pounds in beef in addition to direct financial donations made by our members.
“This year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting our food banks is as important as ever,” stated SSGA President, Kelcy Elford. “This is the fifth year running that our members will be donating healthy and nutritious Saskatchewan-grown beef in support of the province’s food banks and people in need.”
Once again Cargill Animal Nutrition and Health has come on board as this year’s Beef Drive sponsor. Cargill will be matching cash donations dollar for dollar up to $5000.00.
“Now in our third year as a sponsor, we are grateful again to see the difference our industry can make when we work together to bring wholesome nutritious food to Saskatchewan food banks,” stated Shannon Borden, Cargill Animal Nutrition Beef Sales Manager Canada.
Laurie O’Connor, Executive Director, Food Banks of Saskatchewan, commended the SSGA’s continued efforts, ”On behalf of our membership I want to express our deep appreciation for this wonderful donation of fresh beef, along with our utmost respect and gratitude for the daily sacrifices made by Saskatchewan’s hard working producers.”
“Our ranchers and farmers not only understand tough times, they also understand that even the best laid plans can go sideways,” added O’Connor, “When the worst happens, they band together to lend a hand to neighbors and friends, just like they have done for communities across the province with this very special donation”.
The SSGA initiated its first Beef Drive on World Food Day in the fall of 2016 as a way for beef producers to support the 32 food banks in Saskatchewan. Producers or individuals can donate an animal or make a cash donation to help cover the processing costs of the donated animals. Saskatchewan’s beef producers have contributed generously during the four previous beef drives. To date, over 31,000 pounds of ground beef have been collected for the Food Banks of Saskatchewan which retails at over $145,000.
For more information or to make a donation to the Beef Drive, contact the SSGA office at (306) 757-8523.
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