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Local Beef To Food Pantry Initiative

Local Beef to Food Pantry Initiative

Big news! Building on the success of our dairy initiative, we partnered with Fauquier Community Food Bank and Lakota Ranch to pilot a new initiative connecting high-quality, locally-raised beef with local food pantries experiencing shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Piedmont Environmental Council, in partnership with Fauquier Community Food Bank and Lakota Ranch, which lies on the border of Culpeper and Fauquier counties, piloted a new initiative connecting high-quality, locally-raised beef with local food pantries experiencing shortages of ground beef during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The effort follows the recent success of the organization’s dairy initiative, in which PEC raised philanthropic support to provide locally produced milk to area food pantries, helping both local dairy farmers, who’d lost a significant market, and food insecure populations, whose need for dairy increased significantly, after schools closed as a result of Covid-19.

“As the dairy initiative grew to 19 food banks in eight counties, we learned that food pantries also have a big need for ground beef, which families can use to make so many different meals,” said PEC Buy Fresh Buy Local Coordinator Matt Coyle. “Meanwhile, Lakota Ranch, which had previously subsidized beef for a Madison County food pantry, heard about the dairy initiative and approached us to see if there might be a similar need for beef. The answer was a resounding ‘yes.’”

Food banks and food pantries’ need for fresh, healthy food is greater than ever. We’re now raising money to expand this program to food pantries and farmers in each of our nine counties. 

Once fully implemented, not only will the initiative help meet needs of food-insecure populations throughout Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties, it will also help cattle farmers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We need your support to make this happen. 

If you are a beef farmer and interested in joining please contact Buy Fresh Buy Local Coordinator, Matt Coyle – mcoyle@pecva.org

To donate, contact Doug Larson dlarson@pecva.org 540-347-2334 ext. 7004

For the full press release, click here.

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