SSGA launches third an­nual Beef Drive

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South­west pro­duc­ers are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the third an­nual Beef Drive for the Food Banks of Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Stock Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion ini­tia­tive is un­der­way with a goal of col­lect­ing 10,000 pounds of beef do­na­tions this year.

The SSGA Beef Drive en­cour­ages pro­duc­ers to do­nate live­stock or funds in or­der to pro­vide nu­tri­tious beef to fam­i­lies in need across Saskatchewan.

“We are ex­cited to launch our third Beef Drive en­cour­aged by the tremen­dous sup­port of our mem­ber­ship do­nat­ing to the pro­gram over the past two years. The Beef Drive fills an im­por­tant need for the prov­ince’s food banks be­cause fresh ground beef is a healthy, high pro­tein food source, but it’s dif­fi­cult for food banks to pro­vide due to its cost and per­ish­able na­ture,” stated SSGA Pres­i­dent Bill Hu­ber.

Cargill has stepped for­ward as a part­ner for this year’s Beef Drive, and through their Cargill Cares pro­gram they will be match­ing pri­vate do­na­tions dol­lar for dol­lar up to $5,000.

The SSGA’S first Beef Drive was launched for the first time on World Food Day in the fall of 2016 as a way for cat­tle pro­duc­ers to sup­port the 28 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. Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of cat­tle pro­duc­ers, the first two beef drives have col­lected over 22,000 pounds of beef which has a re­tail value of over $100,000 for Food Banks of Saskatchewan.

In the South­west, the SSGA has been work­ing with Treen Pack­ers to process the beef into ham­burger which is de­liv­ered to the Food Banks of Saskatchewan in Regina and dis­trib­uted across the prov­ince.

“We would also like to thank Cargill who comes on­board as a spon­sor this year as well as the three pro­ces­sors who have pre­vi­ously part­nered with the SSGA. Spon­sor­ship sup­port is an im­por­tant as­pect of the Beef Drive as it helps to cover the costs of pro­cess­ing the do­nated an­i­mals,” the SSGA pres­i­dent added.

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