Powell Butte, Oregon (KTVZ) — The 1017 project surpassed the 200-ton donation mark in 2022, sending 266,714 pounds of fresh ground beef to food banks between 2021 and 2022.
Powell Butte-based nonprofit 501c3 now supplies fresh USDA ground beef to food-insecure people in multiple states, and its unique business model overcomes typical supply chain challenges However, it has been proven to be sustainable.
This tally includes £130,013 donated in 2022, £136,701 in 2021 and a total of £405,024 (202 tons) donated since the initiative began in 2014.
1017 Project immediately increased beef donations to food banks, shelters and religious groups by 166% when it became clear that COVID-19 would affect food-insecure families well beyond the pandemic . Additionally, the project expands its efforts to Texas, Arizona, and Montana, partnering with additional his USDA-certified processors in California and Fort Worth, Texas.
According to USDA, more than 38 million people in the United States are food insecure, including 12 million children. Recovery from the economic disruption caused by the pandemic is expected to take three to five years.
Holly McClane, 1017 Project Outreach Director, said: We are at the forefront of a crisis of growing food inequality. With this, the only options offered to the marginalized in our community are often ultra-processed, high-calorie, long-storage pantry items. It puts our most vulnerable citizens at risk of malnutrition-related diseases. ”
Despite the challenges facing the food system, 1017 Project beef has become a reliable and nutritious staple in food banks and shelters.
“Our clients are accustomed to being last row for nearly everything in their lives, including food. We put our customers first,” said Jordan Leher, Food Bank Partner and Program Specialist at NeighborImpact in Redmond.
1017 Project Founder and Executive Director Jordan Weaver said: “The opportunity to partner with USDA beef processors in other states allows us to reach cities outside of our normal Central Oregon service area, making high-quality protein accessible to more families. ”
About the 1017 project: The 1017 Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing food banks and community kitchens with quality protein. Expansion of the program requires increased personal and corporate financial partnerships. Financial support and donations of physical goods such as cattle, hay and pasture are welcome and greatly appreciated. A tax deductible receipt will be issued to all donors. To learn more and support the efforts of the Project to Fight Food Insecurity, please visit www.1017project.com.