By Whitney Teal
More than 1,000 pounds of locally grown beef will make their way to Manna Food Center this fall, thanks to a donation from the Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union.
The credit union purchased a 1,029-pound steer from Montgomery County 4-H’s livestock auction during the county agricultural fair last week, according to a statement released Thursday.
“Because of our purchase and donation of a locally grown steer to the Manna Food Center, we will be able to help more of our neighbors in need receive the nourishment they need for survival and well-being,” said Marc Wilensky, vice-president of marketing for the credit union.
“This approach also allows us to support the local teens from Montgomery County’s 4-H who work hard to raise healthy and nutritious livestock.”
Manna Food Center’s Director of Nutrition Programs said the steer will provide high-quality meet for its clients.
“The recent donation by MAFCU to Manna Food Center is impressive because of the quantity of food but also, more importantly, because of the quality,” said Jenna Umbriac in a statement.
“It is our goal at Manna to not just feed people but to truly nourish our neighbors in need by emphasizing farm fresh produce and less processed non-perishable goods. A donation of county-grown and consciously raised beef allows us to fulfill this mission by providing a high-quality protein source for nearly 400 Montgomery County families,” Umbriac continued.