Kansas beef community donates 2,000 servings of beef to local food bank

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - Beef, it's what's for dinner for at least 2,000 people thanks to a donation from the American Beef Council to one of our local food banks.

Members of the Kansas beef community, Cattle Empire and Beef Marketing Group, donated 2,000 servings of beef to Just Food in Lawrence.

Folks only have to be a Douglas County resident to be able to get the food.

The donation is significant because statistics show less than 11 percent of all food donations are high quality protein like beef.

The giveaway also showcased recipes using only beef and other food bank items to make dishes like an easy skillet chili mac.

Scott Stebner, the Communication Director for the Kansas Beef Council, said this is the first time they've had a beef donation and event like this.

“So we were really excited when we reached out to our Kansas beef producers that they answered the call of providing all these wonderful meals for the clients of just food,” Stebner said.

Yolanda Fowler, a Just Food client, said it’s greatly appreciated because hamburger is expensive.

“This is a good thing. Every time you come here they are giving out samples, it’s good to try it, and they even show you how to make it with recipes,” Fowler said.

Just Food is also hosting a cooking class Thursday night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to show people the best ways to prepare beef. That class will be held at 100 east 11th in Lawrence.