Mid-State Fair

Mid-State Fair livestock buyers can donate animals to SLO food bank

Christine Allen with her steer, Lympic, at the 2012 California Mid-State Fair.
Christine Allen with her steer, Lympic, at the 2012 California Mid-State Fair. Courtesy photo

Members of a memorial fund are asking buyers at the California Mid-State Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction on July 26 to consider donating any animals they purchase to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.

The processing fee as well as the cut and wrap fees for any donated animals will be covered by the Christine Allen Memorial SLO Food Bank Fund, according to a news release.

The fund was founded by Farm Supply Co. and the county Food Bank Coalition to honor Allen, a 19-year-old who along with her siblings donated more than 2,000 pounds of meat to the food bank. Allen, a member of the Edna 4-H Club, was killed in a Utah rock slide in May 2013.

Her sister, Mary Allen, raised a steer for this year’s fair to continue her sister’s legacy. The steer, “Legacy,” was donated by Coles Cattle Co., and Farm Supply donated the feed. The steer can be bought at auction for the food bank so that all of the meat and proceeds from the sale will go to the food bank.

The nonprofit organization serves more than 44,000 residents each year. To donate an animal purchased at auction, write “food bank” in the “meat locker” section of the buyer’s contract. The entire purchase is tax-deductible.

Donations can also be made to the food bank online at www.slofoodbank.org or sent to P.O. Box 2070, Paso Robles, CA 93447 (write “Christine Allen Memorial SLO Food Bank Fund” in the memo).

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