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Northwest Harvest receives donation of more than 19,000 pounds of beef

Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA – A donation of more than 19,000 pounds of beef to Northwest Harvest is benefiting community food banks and meal programs throughout Central and Eastern Washington.

Washington Beef, located in Toppenish, Wash., donated 10,000 pounds of ground beef and more than 9,000 pounds of beef patties to Northwest Harvest’s Yakima Distribution Center. The center helps support Northwest Harvest’s statewide network of more than 375 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools.

“Washington Beef and its parent company, Agri Beef, believe in that age-old cattle country tradition of neighbors helping neighbors,” Brad McDowell, president of Washington Beef LLC, said in a news release.

“As a local employer and family-owned business, we feel we have both the privilege and responsibility to give back to the communities that have supported us along the way.”

Washington Beef and its partners have helped provide more than 2 million servings of beef over the past six years to those in need in Washington and Idaho, the release said.

Part of the recent donation is already going out in Northwest Harvest’s distribution process for Central and Eastern Washington, said Sheri Bissell, Northwest Harvest community engagement manager.

“Washington Beef has been a strong supporter to the community for many years, and we feel very fortunate to be on the receiving end of such a generous gift to those in need,” Bissell said.

“These types of partnerships with local farmers and ranchers are vital to the work we are doing,” she said.

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