USCA members donate beef to feed communities impacted by tornadoes

Photo courtesy of Patrick Robinette, US Cattlemen’s Association

Members of the US Cattlemen’s Association are helping provide a Christmas Eve dinner for residents and first responders in western Kentucky.  Patrick Robinette, a North Carolina cattle producer and owner of Miro Summit Processors, says more than 800 pounds of US beef is headed to feed communities affected by recent tornado events.

He tells Brownfield an acquaintance connected him with a Louisville-based nonprofit, The LEE Initiative.  “The LEE Initiative reached out, Katie had put two of us together and said that they were planning on doing a Christmas dinner,” he says.  “And if they could get 1000 pounds of ground beef, then that would be a great help for them.”

Robinette says he reached out to the US Cattlemen’s Association and the group got to work.  “There’s a 100 pounds coming from Oklahoma, he says.  “And 100 pounds coming from Atlanta and then 600 pounds coming from North Carolina.”

The LEE Initiative is serving chef-prepared meals on Christmas Eve and has been serving more than 2,000 meals a day in 5 locations around western Kentucky for volunteers and first responders.  The LEE Initiative was founded in 2018 by Chef Edward Lee and Lindsey Ofcacek.

Robinette also chairs the US Cattlemen’s Association’s Independent Beef Processor’s Committee.  He says the ground beef donations were made by Gen5 Home Grown Beef out of Thomaston, Georgia, Destiny Ranch out of St. Louis, Oklahoma, and the rest of the beef came from Robinette’s operation.  He says cattle producers around the country contributed funds to make that 600-pound donation possible. 

AUDIO: Patrick Robinette, North Carolina

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