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Texas Cattle Feeders Association Provides Beef in Weekend Snack Packs for Kids at Risk of Hunger.
Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) has teamed up with Snack Pak 4 Kids (SP4K) to ensure that beef is provided in weekend snack packs for children at risk of hunger in the Texas Panhandle. Knowing the importance of beef in a child’s diet, TCFA members have rallied to make sure kids who face the possibility of missing meals over the weekend have access to a high quality beef product as an excellent protein source.
Snack Pak 4 Kids began with the mission of ending weekend hunger for children by providing a backpack filled with kid-friendly snacks each Friday of the school year. The program began in September 2010 serving 10 children in Amarillo and has grown to now serve approximately 7,000 students in many school districts across the Texas Panhandle and South Plains with a franchise in San Antonio.
"This partnership with TCFA ensures we can offer our kids a quality, sustainable source of protein, which is fitting since we live in the 'Beef Capital of the World,'” said Dyron Howell, Snack Pak 4 Kids Founder. “Beef sticks were the No. 1 liked item listed on our 2013 kids survey, and there is no doubt this will make a difference." TCFA partners and members agree that beef is an important part of a child’s diet, because it serves as a powerhouse of essential nutrients needed to maintain both day-to-day and long-term health. Beef is a nutrient-rich source of protein, zinc, iron and vitamin B, which are all crucial to fueling important body processes like building muscles, healing wounds, maintaining the immune system and contributing to overall cognitive health.
“The Beef 4 Kids initiative will provide a high quality beef product to all students in the snack pak program and is an initiative we are proud to be a part of,” said TCFA CEO Ross Wilson. “This partnership represents the beef industry coming together to address a need in our area. It’s simply about the kids.”
Snack Pak 4 Kids hopes to activate this program to every community in the Texas Panhandle. To learn more about Snack Pak 4 Kids, please visit www.snackpak4kids.org. If you're interested in donating to the Beef 4 Kids program, contact the TCFA office.
Texas Cattle Feeders Association partners with High Plains Food Bank to provide beef to community members.
Texas Cattle Feeders Association is proud to support the work of the High Plains Food Bank (HPFB) who serves the needs of 92,000 individuals in the high plains area. Headquartered in Amarillo, the High Plains Food Bank exists to alleviate hunger by distributing donated food to 165 non-profit organizations in 29 counties of the Texas Panhandle. Because the Food Bank’s service area is confined to the Panhandle, TCFA only asks member feedyards in the Texas Panhandle to contribute to the animal donation program. These hardworking TCFA member feedyards know the importance of giving back and providing the community with the world’s most powerful protein — Beef. Since hunger does not take weekends or holidays off, member feedyards have graciously donated beef year-round for many years.
Thanks to these generous donations, beef has been included in the millions of pounds of food that have been delivered across the area to people in need. If you are interested in contributing to the animal donation program, contact TCFA at (806) 358-3681. All donated animals will be used to produce hamburger meat to be distributed by the Food Bank.
Texas Cattle Feeders Association sponsors Amarillo's Go Red for Women event to promote active and heart-healthy lifestyles.
Texas Cattle Feeders Association is a proud corporate sponsor of the American Heart Association's annual Go Red for Women luncheon in Amarillo. As a corporate sponsor, TCFA provides funds to help operate the event as well as a lean, heart-healthy cut of beef to be served at the luncheon. TCFA operates a booth to bring awareness of American Heart Association certified heart-healthy beef cuts as well as delicious preparation options and nutritional information.
Texas Cattle Feeders Association member feedyards donate cattle to raise funds for MS research.
Texas Cattle Feeders Association member feedyards donate animals and merchandise each year to the Texas Panhandle chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Beef-A-Thon telethon fundraiser. These contributions helped to raise $42,500 for the June 2016 event.