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NEBRASKA CATTLEMEN PLAN DONATIONS DRIVE FOR WEST POINT AREA FOOD PANTRY JUNE 16 18

(June 2, 2009) LINCOLN, NE In conjunction with its Midyear Meeting in West Point, the Nebraska Cattlemen has planned a donations drive June 16 and 17 to benefit the West Point Area Food Pantry. Local 4-Hers are also helping in the effort by distributing flyers about the drive to businesses in West Point and Beemer.

The drive will accept any food but is especially interested in these items: boxed meals (such as Hamburger Helper), cereal, canned meat, spaghetti sauce, vegetable oil, and money.

On Tuesday, June 16, from noon to 5:00 p.m., Nebraska Cattlemen representatives will be at First National Bank, 201 Main Street in Beemer, Arvid's Food Town, 901 Ave. E, Wisner, and Prime Stop Wisner West, 1801 Ave. E, Wisner.

On Wednesday, June 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Cattlemen will be at Graybeal's Foods, 338 S. Main, West Point and at Lincoln Street Market, 1314 Lincoln St., West Point.

In addition, there will be a Food Pantry collection station at the Cattlemen's Midyear Meeting registration desk Wednesday and Thursday at the Nielsen Community Center in West point. Also, collection of cash donations will be made during the Cattlemen's committee meetings on June 18.

After the collections, the Nebraska Cattlemen will also help stock the shelves at the West Point Area Pantry.

Anyone wanting to support the project can send a donation to the Nebraska Cattlemen office, making checks payable to Nebraska Cattlemen and inserting FOOD PANTRY in the memo. The address is Nebraska Cattlemen, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Ste. 101, Lincoln, NE 68508.

Nebraska Cattlemen Northeast Field Staff, Bonita Lederer is working with West Point Area Food Pantry director Tim Ulrich to plan the drive. Bonita can be reached at (402) 450-0223.

The Nebraska Cattlemen Midyear Meeting is being hosted by the Cuming County Cattle Feeders Association with support from the Burt County Cattlemen, Dodge County Cattlemen, Elkhorn Valley Cattlemen Association and

Northeast Cattlemen Association.

The Nebraska Cattlemen association is a grassroots organization whose individual producer members determine issues of importance to the state beef industry. NC performs three basic functions. First, the association represents the beef cattle industry to the legislative and administrative branches of the state and federal governments. Second, it explains beef production (including safety of the product, use of natural resources, care of animals and beef economics) to the public and opinion influencers. Third, it provides economic and other information to members to aid them in their own planning and management. Each member has the opportunity to influence state cattlemen's association policy and priorities through participation in councils and committees. NC programs are financed by dues invested by individual members.

The Nebraska Cattlemen association serves as the representative for the state's beef cattle industry and represents professional cattle breeders, ranchers and feeders, as well as 48 county and local cattlemen's associations. Its headquarters are in Lincoln and second office in Alliance serves cattlemen in western Nebraska.

This and other Nebraska Cattlemen information is available at www.nebraskacattlemen.org.

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