New farm to lunchroom program announced by Fromberg FFA

The Fromberg FFA has implemented a new program that is bringing local beef to the students of Fromberg School.
Students first met with Trustees this fall to discuss the possibility of approaching local producers to donate and provide local quality beef for use in the lunch program.
They researched the idea by contacting schools in the state who have started similar programs and found that cattle or other meat products need to be processed in a USDA approved facility, donated beef can be used as a tax deduction for producers, and the school would be responsible for the processing fees.
While it might seem like the program would be a savings to the school, they were told that the costs will be comparable to purchasing through the bid program, but there would be no comparison to the quality of the meat products our students will be eating. The next step was working with the school cook to determine the types of cuts that would work best and purchasing additional freezer space.
The FFA sent letters out to local producers and put an article in the school newsletter. They immediately had a positive response from several local producers. The first beef donated by the Yedlicka Ranch is being processed now and will be in the school freezer in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, two other families have made the commitment to donate and have set up processing for December and January. Those families are the Yeager Ranch and Al and Barbara Bicker. The FFA has determined that 4-5 beef will feed the entire school per year and hope that other producers will commit to the program as well.
The FFA plans to cook donated prime rib roasts for the FFA Banquet to showcase the new program and thank those who have donated. The hope that this program will ensure that Fromberg students are provided with the kind of quality food that local producers raise, and that the program continues for years to come.

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