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Cowboys Helping Cowboys initiative set to Raise money for Food Insecurity on OSU’s campus

Wed, 03 Feb 2021 13:26:54 CST

Cowboys Helping Cowboys initiative set to Raise money for Food Insecurity on OSU’s campus A partnership between the Oklahoma State University Student Government Association, the Oklahoma Collegiate Cattlewomen, and the Oklahoma Beef Council to raise money for food insecurity across OSU’s campus kicks off Feb. 8.

The initiative, Cowboys Helping Cowboys, is focused on social media interaction with funds being donated for each engagement (like, comment or share). For every engagement on the OCCW Facebook page and on the Oklahoma Beef Council Instagram page from Feb. 8, 2021, to Feb. 14, 2021, the Oklahoma Beef Council will donate $1 toward the purchase of beef sticks for the OSU SGA food pantry, up to $2,500.

In addition, OCCW and the Oklahoma Beef Council are also giving away five $50 gift cards at random to those who share why they are fueled by beef.

“OCCW is eager to promote the importance of the beef industry and food insecurity through SGA's food pantry known as Pete's Pantry,” said Kinzie Burtrum, OCCW president. “With the help of SGA and the Oklahoma Beef Council, OCCW will help spread awareness of food insecurity on campus.”

Forty-three percent of students consider themselves to be food insecure, according to a 2018 OSU graduate student survey. In addition, protein is the most difficult food group to keep in stock at Pete’s Pantry.

“It’s a fact that animal protein products and other grocery items high in protein are donated less frequently than other items like snacks and cereal… Food banks only receive enough protein to represent 1 percent of their total distribution,” according to an article by Karen Hanner, Feeding America managing director of manufacturing partnerships.

The goal is also to teach others about the importance of beef in the diet, Burtrum said.

“Beef is an excellent source of protein and supplies 10 essential nutrients including B-vitamins, zinc, and iron that support an active and healthy lifestyle,” according to the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner website.

Pete’s Pantry is located on campus at 211Q Student Union. It is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday.

If you missed our recent Podcast with OSU Student Amarie Griffeth about her work with Petes Pantry, you can listen HERE



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