May 7, 2012
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BEDFORD (May 7, 2012) – Local officials gathered at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Harrisburg, on Monday, May 7, to help provide full meals to families in need and celebrate May as Beef Month.  State Agriculture Secretary George Greig, was on hand to offer remarks and present the official proclamation.

The Beef Council, along with multiple partners, provided beef product donations that will complement the national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive taking place on Saturday, May 12.  

Pineland Farm Natural Meats and Local Harvest, a subsidiary of Meyer Natural Angus, offered nearly 600 beef patty sliders and nearly 100 pounds of ground beef respectively.

“Pennsylvania farmers produce an abundant food supply, yet one in 10 families don’t know where their next meal will come from,” said Greig. “I thank Pennsylvania’s beef producers and processors for donating beef and helping to end hunger in Pennsylvania – one meal at a time.”

The Center for Beef Excellence also teamed up with the Beef Council on a $500 monetary contribution that the Food Bank will use to purchase additional beef items.

“More and more working families are trying to stretch their budgets, and are coming to the Food Bank for assistance,” stated Kendall Hanna, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.  “This donation of center-of-the-plate protein is essential for proper nutrition, but what families often go without.  The support of the Pennsylvania Beef Council and farmers will truly make a difference for our neighbors in need.”

Sponsored annually by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger is the largest one-day food collection event in the nation and, last year, garnered 70.2 million pounds of food.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank distributes more than 20 million pounds of food and grocery products every year to more than 700 soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries in 27 central Pennsylvania counties.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s beef industry, visit www.pabeef.org.  To view additional photos from the event, visit the Beef Council’s Facebook page.

Media Contact: Kristi Rooker Kassimer, 412-691-0262; kkassimer@pabeef.org.

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The Pennsylvania Beef Council is a producer-controlled and funded organization, which administers the Beef Checkoff program in Pennsylvania. The Beef Checkoff Program assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. Checkoff revenues may be used for promotion, education and research programs to improve the marketing climate for beef.