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Local Nebraska Beef Producers support the Burwell Beef Program

November 26, 2017

Burwell Public School is joining the growing number of Nebraska schools that are participating in the Nebraska Beef in Schools program. The program is set up to allow local cattle producers to donate beef to be used in the school’s lunch program. If you would like to donate a beef or if you would like to learn more about the Nebraska Beef in School Lunch program being implemented, please contact Superintendent Dan Bird at dan.bird@burwellpublicschools.com or Elementary Principal Darrin Max at darrin.max@burwellpublicschools.com 

What Are The Benefits? 

The first obvious benefit is for our students to be able to enjoy our locally produced beef which is not only some of the best in our state, but the entire world. However, there are other benefits too. The school will be implementing an education program for Burwell Beef. Once a semester, the students will have an educational experience that will directly focus on the Burwell Beef program. This experience will focus on how the agriculture industry specifically gets beef from the pasture or feed yard to the plate of the consumer. 

Also, we will be making it known to students when the beef they are consuming is locally grown. This will help to increase awareness, and students will be able to recognize that people they know in our community have worked hard to provide positive nutrition for them and others. It will sure be a special opportunity for students to say they know the producer of the beef personally, or it may even be mom and dad, or grandma and grandpa.

There are also benefits for the school as whole and local beef producers. Local producers will receive exposure for their donation, but most of all it will create a connection between the school and community for the promotion of local resources to students and parents.

Our school lunch calendar will be marked with a beef symbol each time local beef is served on the menu. Our hope is that students and parents notice the symbol and enjoy the fresh local beef being served at lunch that day. It is important to remember that serving sizes and lunch prices are highly regulated by the federal lunch program and the Nebraska Department of Education. This program will not affect serving sizes or lunch prices.  

The school is still looking for local producers who would be able to supply a beef for the months of January and March. Please contact Superintendent Dan Bird or Elementary Principal Darrin Max at the school to discuss details. Monetary donations of any amount are welcomed and can be donated by contacting the school. Finally, if you have ideas of how we could better promote this program to get as many people involved please let us know.

Anyone can participate!!

Not everyone has the ability to provide a beef for the school. Therefore, monetary donations can also be made to the school under the Burwell Beef program. This will allow for many parents and patrons to be able to show their support for this program monetarily while not necessarily being a beef producer. These donations will help to curb the cost of processing for the school. In the future, monetary donations may be able to be used to purchase a local beef from a local producer.  All donations will be tax deductible and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

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