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That’s quite a surprise.
The family-owned Snake River Farms in Idaho donated $ 2 million worth of American Wagyu steaks – or approximately 35,000 10-ounce steaks – to food banks in San Francisco. The large donation is only part of the $ 8 million steak donation – or about 200,000 steaks – that the farm made to cities hit by the COVID-19 crisis like New York City, Seattle and Los Angeles.
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Wagyu beef is coming to San Francisco food banks soon.
The steaks were shipped to a warehouse in Fremont, California last week, where they will be cut and packaged before being sent to the food banks, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The farm, which, according to its website, is “one of the few beef companies in the world that personally touches every aspect of production from start to finish,” is typically sold to high-end restaurants. With dining halls closed across the country, Snake River is instead donating the highest quality meat.
“At Snake River Farms, we’re a family business. From our ranchers to our distributors, we are all together. We strongly believe that eating can bring comfort and healing in times of crisis. While we are hundreds of miles away, we care deeply about these restaurant workers, their families and the affected communities in California who are having a tough time and want them to know how much they mean to us, ”said Jay Theiler, Executive Director of Marketing at Snake River Farms in a press release shared with Fox News.
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Volunteers from TogetherSF, a community-based group focused on connecting San Francisco residents with the resources they need during the COVID-19 crisis, will deliver the steaks to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank as well as meals on wheels , Self-help for the elderly, social housing and other organizations, the news release said.
Other grocers are also donating expensive products to food banks in the area, the Chronicle reported.
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Demand for food banks has increased ten-fold in some areas of the Bay Area, the Mercury News reported. Some nonprofits have doubled the amount of food they distribute to families each week since the coronavirus pandemic broke out.
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