Lending A Helping Hand

Lending A Helping Hand

Missouri beef producers working to provide hot meals during Joplin tornado disaster cleanup.

The courageous, hard-working first responders and volunteers in the Joplin tornado disaster zone are being re-energized with some hot meals, thanks to efforts by the Missouri Cattlemen's Association and Missouri Beef Industry Council.

According to Ben Fizette, MCA's region 7 vice president from Golden City and coordinator of the disaster response, emergency management feels this is the best role for MCA at this time. "While there are lots of food stations set up at ground zero, many of these volunteers are working all day without stopping to eat," Fizette said. "They gladly appreciate a warm hot dog, hamburger and most importantly, a warm smile."

Missouri cattlemen and cattlewomen have responded to meet humanitarian needs. Their goal is to take care of the first responders and volunteers working around the clock. The efforts of MCA and MBIC will truly help meet those basic needs.

"Sometimes you feel hopeless when disasters strike like this tornado did," said Jeff Windett, executive vice president of MCA. "The one thing that I know cattle producers across this state can do well is feed people in need."  

County cattlemen affiliates from southwest Missouri will be serving hot food to an expected 500 first responders and volunteers through June 5. Meat is being purchased and processed from Clouds Meat of Carthage and cooked outside the Missouri Southern State University's student center.

"We know that during times of trauma and stress, nothing is more satisfying than a hot meal to refresh the body and soul," said John Kleiboeker, executive director of MBIC. "Southwest Missouri is an important part of Missouri's cattle industry and we're very proud to help the Joplin community get back on its feet." 

Source: Missouri Cattlemen's Association

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