RAPID CITY, S.D. — Years ago, Wall Meats launched their Beef-to-School Program to provide nutritious beef to students, giving them an opportunity to learn about where their food comes from.
Now, as the program has grown into many schools and local businesses, the Club for Boys has been given a similar experience thanks to an organization whose roots run deep.
Their relationship goes back to the 1970s; the Stockgrowers Association has grown aside the Club for Boys in Rapid City over that time. They also donate money to the Club for Boys.
President of the Stock Growers Association, Scott Edoff, donated beef from his ranch and Wall Meats helped to get the meat processed.
The commitment to a better community is the bottom line.
Scott Edoff, Beef Donor & President of the StockGrowers Association, says, “Oh, it’s great, I’ve been here before and I’ve seen all the boys running and playing and stuff when we have donated money and it’s great. They need all they can get, I mean it’s a great charity, a great bunch. It’s really been a joint effort on a lot of people’s parts.”
Mark Kline began attending the club in 1971 and has worked there 31 years. This donation means a lot to him.
Meals are included in Club for Boys membership, and the beef donation goes to meeting one of the basic needs of the members – nourishment.
Mark Kline, Assistant Exec. Club for Boys, says, “We’ve talked about two years here about getting local beef and how we give back to the community, and this is another way that we can give back to our supporters, you know, the ag community. Stockgrowers have supported us for a long time. It gets better beef for our kids. It’s local grown, it’s 85/15 % fat so that’s a wonderful thing and it gives jobs to the community…every way around it’s a good project.”
The ground beef totals over 600 pounds. Kline estimates it will last about seven months.
Tif Robertson, the Beef to School Representative & Rancher, says, “It’s growing and the need is growing and us as local ranchers, we obviously want to get our beef out into peoples refrigerators and their bellies.”