A thank you dinner was held in support of the “MO Beef for MO Kids” program October 16 at Community R-VI and October 18 at Van-Far.
Community R-VI School District is the second school district in the state to participate in the “MO Beef for the MO Kids” program, a partnership that will involve local cattlemen in an effort to “double” the amount of beef served in school lunches. For a small school like Community, to “double the beef” only requires three cows a year.
The program is a joint effort of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Beef Industry Council, Opaa Food Management, and the school district.
Community R-VI’s Daniel Schafer, board of education, and administration. At Van-Far, school board member Tony Dameron was the donating cattleman.
In the next couple of months, Opaa plans to “beef up the menu” using meat from these charitable cattlemen. The students will get to enjoy locally sourced meat Pre-K through 12th grade. Some new feature items will be Philly Cheesesteak Sub, Cheeseburger Pizza, and Roast Beef Melt. This gives the students more variety with an excellent quality product.
At the events, questions were answered by Whitney Keith and Scott Meyer, of Opaa! Food Management, Inc., along with Taylor Tuttle, from the Beef Industry Council.