SALT LAKE CITY – More than 90,000 pounds of meat were packaged for delivery to families in need Saturday.
Students in 4-H Clubs teamed up with officials from local businesses at the Utah Food Bank warehouse to prepare the roughly 92,000 pounds of meat for distribution to about 472,000 Utahns, according to a press release from the Utah Food Bank.
The 4-H Purchased Meat Program service project started in 2005 when the Farmington 4-H Lamb Club donated a few hundred pounds of meat as a service project. Since that time, it has become a model of service for 4-H Club youth all across Utah. Saturday’s event will help hundreds of thousands of Utahns who aren’t sure where their next meal will come from.
Kelly Maxfield of the Questar Corporation was one of those who helped out at the event, and she said the donations will help a great deal of people.
“Typically a pound of meat equates into a meal for a couple of people, so with the pounds we have, and you multiple that by the number of people that can benefit from that, there’s thousands and hundreds of thousands of people that can be benefited or will be benefited by the meat that’s been brought in this year in this program,” she said.
Corporate and private donors raise enough money to buy most of the 4-H Club livestock sold at county and state fair auctions during the summer. The auction price goes to the 4-H Club participants, and the meat goes to the Utah Food Bank.