SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – Idaho’s Snake River Farms donated 35,000 Wagyu steaks to a number of small nonprofits in San Francisco on Wednesday, a donation of $ 2 million.

“A friend of a friend mentioned that there was this big steak donation going to be made in SF and they didn’t know who to give it to or how to handle it. Because I have a lot of connections with nonprofits and community organizations where it all came together, ”said Kanishka Karunaratne Cheng, who helped connect the donor to the recipients.

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Cheng was co-founder of a new nonprofit, Together SF, when the pandemic broke out. She saw the need for food, seniors needing help with shopping, and other issues the pandemic was causing in the city. But she never thought her charity would get involved in anything like this.

“So random! So bizarre! I thought, ‘Are you sure? Are we really doing this?’ It turns out it’s us! They showed up today and we are delivering them, “she said as nonprofits took up the steaks.

Snake River Farms typically sells to the fine San Francisco restaurants. With the restaurants closed, the company decided to donate. The company said in a statement it knew food can bring solace in a crisis and wanted affected California communities to know how much it means to the company.

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Susan Murphy of Faces SF picked up 600 steaks to take to a food drive in the Bayview District.

“You will be very surprised and grateful to have meat, especially meat,” she said.

Cheng said they picked small nonprofits that are often overlooked when a large donation is distributed.

The George W. Davis Senior Center in Bayview was one of the recipients. The director said the chef was excitedly planning how the 3,000 premium steaks would be served.

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