Weld Meals Financial institution and non-profit group Beef Sticks for Backpacks are distributing roughly 4,500 nutritious beef sticks each week in a partnership that’s geared toward combating childhood starvation.
The partnership between Weld Meals Financial institution and Beef Sticks for Backpacks started in December of final yr as a way to allow youngsters throughout Northern Colorado who’re in have to obtain high-quality protein by way of backpack packages such because the Weld Meals Financial institution Backpack Program. Beef Sticks for Backpacks was shaped by members of the Colorado agriculture neighborhood.
“Having Weld Meals Financial institution as a key associate permits us to help extra backpack packages and finally feed extra youngsters,” mentioned Dan Byers, director for Beef Sticks for Backpacks. “Their partnership has been actually superior as a result of they arrive each week to select up the sticks, they’ve their very own backpack program and have additionally helped us get related with Meals Financial institution of the Rockies to get related with the remainder of the state,” Dan mentioned.
Weld Meals Financial institution is at present serving because the distribution associate for Beef Sticks for Backpacks offering beef sticks for backpack packages reminiscent of McBackpack in Fort Collins, Kidspak in Loveland and the Weld Meals Financial institution Backpack program in Greeley. Practically 53,000 beef sticks have been distributed this yr to youngsters all through the state.
Requests for backpacks has elevated since March of final yr however extra lately has remained flat on account of logistical points backpack packages are dealing with relating to getting the meat sticks to youngsters as colleges aren’t in common session proper now as a result of COVID-19 program. Dan expects the necessity for backpacks to extend as soon as all youngsters are again in class in common periods.
“We are actually serving extra hungry youngsters than ever within the historical past of Weld Meals Financial institution,” mentioned Bob O’ Connor, CEO, Weld Meals Financial institution. “We’re unbelievably grateful for the partnership with Beef Sticks for Backpacks, which ensures that each youngster may have protein over the weekend,” Bob mentioned.
Starvation has change into extra prevalent nation-wide all through final yr together with in states reminiscent of Colorado the place hundreds of youngsters are meals insecure. The necessity for backpack packages that present meals for teenagers in the course of the weekends who may not have a meal in any other case nevertheless high quality protein is usually missing.
Beef Sticks for Backpacks companions with Colorado State College (CSU) to fabricate the meat sticks. The CSU Meat Science Lab on the JBS International Meals Innovation Heart has performed an important function in guaranteeing beef sticks may be produced safely and effectively.
Weld Meals Financial institution and Beef Sticks for Backpacks are hoping that this partnership will proceed for years to come back in order that they might proceed to feed youngsters in want.
“Weld Meals Financial institution have been keen to assist us work out a partnership for years to come back,” mentioned Dan. “We see it persevering with for the foreseeable future,” Dan mentioned.
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