Cattle rancher donates hundreds of pounds of ground beef to food pantries
A local cattle rancher, Paul Valentino, has donated more than 700 pounds of beef to the Catholic Charities St. Lucy Food Project. The organization operates three food pantries: Loaves and Fishes in Front Royal, Christ House in Alexandria and its regional office in Leesburg. The meat will be distributed in prepackaged one-pound to-go bags.
Valentino runs 6 Pastures Farm on Apple Pie Ridge Road in Frederick County. The meat came from two of his cows, doubling his previous donation last year. The fresh meat is especially beneficial to the food pantries, as meat donations from supermarkets, which comprise the majority of meat donations, are quick to spoil.
Vincent Cannava, St. Lucy’s program director and food source developer, voiced concerns about increased demand as businesses remain closed and people remain out of work. Already, demand has increased overall by as much as 30%. Cannava urges other beef producers throughout the Shenandoah Valley to consider donating a cow or two to help local food pantries.
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