As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities across the state, the Ohio Beef Council has established the Beef Families Care Fund (BFCF), a matching program made possible through the Ohio Beef Checkoff to assist non-profit agricultural groups that are working to provide beef meals and nutrition education to Ohioans in need and encourage beef consumption in communities across the state.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities across the state in countless ways. It has created market disruptions that have resulted in a backlog of market-ready cattle on many Ohio farms and an increased demand for food banks and other food-relief entities, which have gone unfulfilled. In response to these issues, the Ohio Beef Council (OBC) has established the Beef Families Care Fund (BFCF), a matching program to assist non-profit agricultural groups that are working to provide beef meals and nutrition education to Ohioans in need and encourage beef consumption in local communities.
The BFCF is made possible through the Ohio Beef Checkoff Program and will continue through the remainder of 2020 or until all funds have been allocated. This one-time program is a direct result of several pandemic-related event cancellations, including the 2020 Ohio State Fair. OBC has reallocated these beef checkoff resources to assist groups who are providing beef and nutrition education to local food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens and other entities that are helping to feed hungry Ohioans. Matching funds are available to groups and their projects for up to $5,000 per project and entity.
For questions regarding the BFCF or the application, please contact OBC’s Manager of Consumer Programs & Digital Marketing, Ashley Dentinger, or call 614-873-6736.
BFCF funds are designed for non-profit agricultural entities in Ohio, such as county cattlemen’s associations, county Farm Bureaus and local ag-oriented youth groups, to work locally and partner to provide beef meals and nutritional education to people in need. BFCF applications are considered on a first come, first served basis. Non-profit agricultural entities can fill out the form below to apply. Applications must be submitted prior to the event. An organization may only apply once.
An organization’s initiative will be considered based on the application’s alignment with BFCF objectives. Applications will be considered throughout the duration of 2020 or until all funds have been dispersed.
BFCF applicants will work with OBC staff to facilitate donation logistics, press release(s), etc. Following the project’s completion, the previously approved organization will submit an invoice for reimbursement that must be accompanied by a summary of the event, including photos and total pounds of beef provided.
Because this is a partnership with OBC that utilizes producers’ checkoff dollars, it is required that OBC is included in your donation process in the following ways:
Funds can only be used for beef processing expenses, direct beef donations and other related projects as deemed acceptable by the council. The recipients of the beef donations must be charitable, Ohio-based organizations working to address needs in their local communities. Beef must be harvested in a fully inspected Ohio plant. Beef harvested from a custom exempt plant labeled, "Not for Sale" can not be donated.
BFCF is not to be used to provide beef for an organization’s internal events. It cannot be used for traditional beef promotion events or for local breakfast/dinner-on-the-farm events.