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Beef Counts for Families in Need

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PASCO, Wash. - Hungry families and seniors picked up beef on Tuesday thanks to local ranchers and Second Harvest in Pasco.

It is all part of Washington's Beef Counts Week to help fill the shortage of protein reaching the tables of Washington's families in need.

More than 1,500 pounds of beef was distributed to hundreds of area families at the Boys and Girls Club along with perishable foods.

"It feels so great to come out here and see all these people with a big smile on their face and just helping people in need in our community. It's just a wonderful thing to do," said Liz Mara, a Washington Beef Commission Member.

Second Harvest receives donations of perishable foods and rarely donations of meat.

The Beef Counts program has contributed close to a quarter million dollars worth of beef to Second Harvest since 2010.