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Free beef handed out during Season of Giving

Published On: Dec 09 2011 07:09:42 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 09 2011 08:29:40 AM CST
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Second Harvest and the Washington beef industry has already fed over 15,000 households over the last year and a half, and this year the need is as great or greater than it ever has been.

A mobile food bank was up in Millwood Friday where they were giving out three to four-pound lean beef roasts. It was expected they would hand out up to 300 of them. People receiving meat also got other items like potatoes, pears, onions and bread as they go through the line.

A check for $70,000 was also presented to Second Harvest from the Washington beef industry.

"It's about feeding our neighbors. And when you see a mother with a couple small kids in tow and she says, 'Oh my gosh, I now know what I'm going to have for my Christmas dinner,' you know, that's really where it's at," Rick Stott, executive vice president for Agri Beef said.

"The beef is, you know, it would be an expensive product for them to go out and get. It's a product that they need and a lot of them don't get on a regular basis. And this way they're able to," Scott Nielsen with the Stevens County Cattlemen's Association said.

Friday was just the beginning of the mobile food distribution as part of the Season of Giving Food Drive. The food drive, sponsored by Yoke's Fresh Markets, KXLY Broadcast Group and Second Harvest Food Bank, continues through Thursday December 15.

If you want to help donate to the food drive, you can find out more about it here.