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Well, this is quite a surprise.
Family-owned Snake River Farms in Idaho has donated $2 million worth of American Wagyu steak — or about 35,000 10-ounce steaks — to San Francisco food banks. The large donation is only a portion of the $8 million steak donation -- or about 200,000 steaks -- the farm has made to cities hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, like New York City, Seattle and Los Angeles.
The steaks were delivered to a warehouse in Fremont, Calif., last week, where they are being cut and packaged before being sent to the food banks, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The farm, which is “one of the only beef companies in the world that personally touches every aspect of production from start to finish,” according to its website, typically sells to high-end restaurants. However, with dining rooms closed across the country, Snake River is instead donating the premium-quality meats.
“At Snake River Farms we are a family business. From our ranchers to our distributor partners, we are all in this together. We are firm believers that in times of crisis, food can bring comfort and healing. While we are hundreds of miles away, we care deeply about these restaurant workers, their families, and the affected communities in California that are having a tough time and want them to know how much they mean to us,” said Jay Theiler, Executive Director of Marketing at Snake River Farms in a press release shared with Fox News.
Volunteers with TogetherSF, a community-based group focused on connecting San Francisco residents to needed resources during the COVID-19 crisis, will deliver the steaks to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, as well as Meals on Wheels, Self Help for the Elderly, public housing and other organizations, the press release shared.
Other food distributors are donating expensive products to food banks in the area as well, the Chronicle reported.
The demand for food banks is up ten times in some areas in the Bay Area, The Mercury News reported. A few nonprofit organizations have doubled the amount of food they distribute to families each week since the coronavirus pandemic hit.