A new partnership between area ranchers, meat processors, and the Park County Community Foundation has already provided nearly 10,000 pounds of high-quality, locally raised beef to feed the hungry.
The Producer Partnership started in in response to the COVID-19 pandemic after one of Matt Pierson’s ranch hands at Highland Livestock Company made a joke about feeding the hungry with all the hamburger walking around on the ranch. The comment caused Pierson to launch an effort to get donated cattle from area ranchers, process them and then donate the meat to local food-based nonprofits.
A large swath of Park County’s ranching community has so far donated more than 20 cows. Others have donated money to pay for the processing of the cattle, which is being done locally. The Park County Community Foundation quickly partnered with Pierson with a seed funding from the Park County COVID-19 Resilience Fund and established a Fund to help facilitate donations. Within the first week they had raised over $10,000.
Producer Partnership has provided beef to The Livingston Food Resource Center, The Gardiner Food Bank, Counterpoint, Loaves and Fishes and others.