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Local beef community raises over $100,000 for SP4K Beef Fund

published: September 16th 2022
source: Texas Cattle Feeders Association

Amarillo, Texas – The Amarillo area beef community presented a check for $109,000 to the Snack Pak 4 Kids (SP4K) Beef Fund. The money will provide beef protein to hungry students through the Snack Pak weekend hunger program. The check was presented at the fourth annual Beef 4 Kids Classic golf tournament. 

            “Our local beef partners continue to step up to serve their communities,” said Dyron Howell, SP4K founder. “Since this tournament started four years ago, this group has raised nearly half a million dollars for the fund.” 

            The SP4K Beef Fund launched in October 2017and was designed to provide more protein for hungry students in the Texas Panhandle.

            “Ten percent of the sticks we need for the entire year will be funded by this golf tournament,” Howell said. “When we first started, kids would get about 10-12 grams of protein in their bags each weekend, which is woefully inadequate. Today kids are getting 50 grams of protein in their bags. This is protein they desperately need to be successful both at home and school.” 

            Each year Snack Pak 4 Kids surveys local teachers and students to see how the program is working.

            “One student told me his tummy did not hurt anymore because of the food he takes home on Friday,” said one teacher.

            Beef provides ten essential nutrients and vitamins, including protein, zinc and iron – three key nutrients that are essential for proper growth and development of children.

            “Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) members in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico are grateful for the strong partnership with Snack Pak and the opportunity it provides our members to give back to their communities,” said Madeleine Bezner, TCFA director of communications. “Cattle feeders have a commitment to serve their communities, and it has been an honor to be a part of this partnership in order to help our neighbors.”

            TCFA would like to thank the sponsors and golfers who made this event possible. Major sponsoring organizations include Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, Amarillo National Bank, Baptist Community Services, Bezner Beef, Cactus Cares, Cargill, Caviness Beef Packers, Champion Feeders, CoBank, Elanco, Five Rivers Cattle Co., Friona Industries, Hi-Pro Feeds, Jax Transport, Kemin Industries, Kirkland Feedyard, Micro Technologies, Nutra Blend and Tyson Foods.  

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