Central Washington families struggling to make ends meet will have an opportunity to get some much needed help over the next three days.  For the past 12 years, 2nd Harvest and Washington’s Beef Community, through the Beef Counts program, have teamed up to offer nutritious food to those in need across the community.


“The folks in Washington’s beef community know how to stretch a dollar, and their donations are critical to us as we work to help feed our friends and neighbors in need,” said Jason Clark, President and CEO of 2nd Harvest. “December after December they step up to bring much-needed relief. But with this year’s extra tight food supplies, this beef is the essential nutrition our communities need.”


This year’s beef is packaged and shipped in-kind from AgriBeef’s processing plant in Toppenish.  In an effort to maximize every food dollar, boxes this year will include chubs of ground beef rather than roasts.


“Even when times are tough, we’re blessed to have beef in our freezers, so Beef Counts gives us the chance to feed hungry people in our own communities,” said Ryan Stingley, President of the Kittitas County Cattlemen’s Association. “We hope that getting beef out to folks through Second Harvest this December helps make people’s holidays a little brighter.” 

Distributions will take place:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 7, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Legends Casino Hotel, 580 Fort Rd., Toppenish
  • Thursday, Dec. 8, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm State Fair Park 1301 S. Fair Ave., Gate 15, Yakima
  • Friday, Dec. 9, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Event Center, Armory Building, 901 E. 7th Ave., Ellensburg  

 Click Here to learn more about the Beef Counts program, or to donate.


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