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Wendell Families Get Beef Roasts From Idaho Food Bank

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By Jay Michaels

Wendell, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Idaho Food Bank got a check that translated to beef roasts being handed out in Wendell. The meat was a welcome addition to the other food that was given out to the people who needed it.

Laurie Lickley, Coordinator for Idaho Beef Counts, says, "The Caring Cowboys and the Magic Valley Cattle Association contributed close to $9,900. And with matching contributions from Agri-Beef, that total reached over $14,000, or roughly 30,000 three ounce portions of beef roast will be distributed in these communities."

More than 200 people showed up to collect the beef roasts bought by the donations from the Magic Valley Cattle Association and the Caring Cowboys organization and donated to the Idaho Food Bank.

Food recipient Christina Belknap says, "There's a lot of families that come through, and my family's big. So it definitely helps our wallets."

Paul Cherimisin says, "I'm on Social Security disability. This year we got a $30 raise, but they cut my food stamps by $50. So I actually lost $20 in the whole deal."

Wendell resident Dale Youngblood says, "The elderly people let me and my wife cut all the way up to the front because she just had surgery. And I thank them for letting us cut in line in front of all of them."

Lickley says she wants to expand the program into other Magic Valley communities. She says more donations in other towns will result in beef showing up in other food bank distributions in those communities.

Jenifer Johnson with the Idaho Food Bank says, "Idahoans are just an incredibly generous people, the ranching community, the churches, all of the people in the community, this is what makes Idaho Food Bank work."

So for these families, beef is what's for dinner.

Sept. 20, 2012.


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