OAKWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Cooper Farms has donated nearly 210,000 pounds of meat to fulfill a need for protein at area food banks.
The variety of cooked, ready-to-cook, and canned meat items were donated not only to foodbanks but will also be used for area events and organizations.
“It is important to us that we make sure to give back to the communities where we do business,” said Gary Cooper, COO. “We would be here if it weren’t for the people who live here and all of our dedicated team members. Our dad taught us the importance of community many years ago, and that is a lesson we will never forget.”
Since meat is typically the most expensive part of a meal, the donation allows the organizations to eliminate a big expense and raise more money for their cause.
“We give financially through our Cooper Family Foundation, but as a meat company we can also provide food for events, organizations and community members. It is great to be a position where we can do this,” said Cooper.
Top donation recipients include the West Ohio Foodbank, receiving over 62,000 pounds, the CALL Food Pantry, receiving over 28,000 pounds, and the Warrior Food Project, receiving nearly 20,000 pounds of donated protein.