This holiday season, beef will once again be on the menu for thousands of needy local families, for whom meat is a luxury that’s almost impossible to afford.
For the second year in a row, the Hearst Ranch will donate meat to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. It will be distributed to those in need through various safety-net food programs.
“We’re happy to contribute to help the Food Bank and all they do to provide food for our community,” Hearst said.
Carl Hansen, the Food Bank’s executive director, accepted the uncommon donation Wednesday. The nonprofit currently provides food to more than 40,000.
“Our need is up about 31 percent over last year,” Hansen said, “and every day, we are seeing families who need Food Bank programs more frequently because some government programs and other safety nets have disappeared.”
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