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Celebrating Beef Month in Idaho and the Nutritional Value of Protein

According to the Idaho Department of Agriculture, with more cattle than people in the state, Idaho’s beef industry is the second largest agricultural industry ranking right behind dairy. July is Beef Month in Idaho! The Idaho Foodbank is pleased to partner with this important agriculture community as we work to help our neighbors facing food insecurity.   

Beef Counts, which began in 2010, is a program designed to help provide a consistent supply of high-quality protein throughout the year to The Idaho Foodbank. This is done with both cash and cattle contributions made by the beef industry in Idaho. Since the program began, it has provided over 2.4 million servings of beef to Idahoans who are struggling to make ends meet. Beef is a highly desired food by many of the people served by The Idaho Foodbank. 

Protein is an important component of a healthy, balanced diet. We work to have a variety of protein available to our food distribution partners. In our last fiscal year, 15% of the food we distributed was protein. 

We are grateful for the Idaho Beef Council and all the organizations, businesses, and families in Idaho’s beef community for their continued support of our mission. You can find events in Boise and Moscow during Beef Month on the Event page on our website here, including information about how to support the Beef Counts program while enjoying a Boise Hawks Baseball Game.