How is this project able to provide a sustainable supply of meat donations?
Shiloh Ranch, the founders of the 1017 Project, have invested into the initial purchase of herd cows, as well as facility infrastructure and project costs. While this was a substantial investment, the project now has food born into the project annually. This is unlike most food donation efforts that are fully dependent on response efforts of individuals annually or quarterly.
Why are the 1017 Cattle refereed to as “Career Cattle?”
We refer to the 1017 cattle as career cattle, because they are in full use up until the point they are donated to the food banks. They are first born into the project, then throughout their life are utilized by partnering churches and organizations to strengthen ministry outreach through cowboy/ranching related training activities. In other words, these are “performance cattle.” Once their career has ended, the bull calves are then donated to those in need. The heifers are then added to the production herd.
How does the program partner with churches and outside organizations?
Collaboration with churches and outside organizations is what makes the program work. The cattle are often on donated lease pastures from members of participating churches, the 1017 Project also relies heavily on donated hay from local farms and ranches, and overall volunteer help from community members. Volunteers are used from all areas including cattle care, to donated meat drop off. Locking arms with each-other is what makes the whole program work.
Why combine all cuts of meat into hamburger?
First of all, it is important that the meat reaches as many families as possible. For this reason, it is more evenly distributed when combined into hamburger. Second, it is our belief that the individuals who receive our meat should have the VERY best we can offer. For this reason, we combine the highest quality cuts (steaks, roasts, tenderloin, etc) into the burger. Thus resulting in the most premium meat available. Side note, this quality of hamburger is rarely available for the common person to even purchase on the open market.
Does the 1017 Project accept outside cattle donations?
Yes, the 1017 Project accepts outside cattle donations. Once the animal is received, they are evaluated to be used as potential herd stock, or fed out and later donated to those in need. Donors receives a detailed donation receipt for their records. Read more about getting involved HERE.
Who pays cut and wrap?
This varies depending on each partnering 1017 church/organization, and each food recipient. Some Food banks, are obliged to cover their own cut and wrap cost, since the meat itself is provided free of charge. Other institutions are unable, in these situations, the partnering churches/organizations have instituted enterprising ways of covering these expenses.